Donald Trump coronavirus live – Stocks PLUNGE after President's positive covid test as Dow futures fall 500 points

STOCK markets plunged overnight in the wake of Donald Trump announcing he has caught coronavirus.

Futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 500 points, with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq 100 futures also in negative territory.

The news comes as it was revealed Trump is in the 'high risk' category as a covid patient due to his weight and health status.

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  • Debbie White

    LIGHTS ON THROUGHOUT WHITE HOUSE AFTER COVID REVELATION

    The White House has been pictured with most of its lights on at 5.44am after US President Donald Trump announced that he and first lady Melania have both tested positive for Covid-19.

    The shocking revelation came hours after he was pictured walking on the South Lawn of the White House before his departure for a roundtable meeting with supporters, for a campaign fundraiser in Bedminster, New Jersey, on October 1.

  • Debbie White

    CHINA'S MEDIA – 'TRUMP HAS PAID THE PRICE'

    President Trump and the first lady “have paid the price for his gamble to play down Covid-19,” says Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of China's Global Times.

    Hu also tweeted: “The news shows the severity of the US pandemic situation.

    “[Trump's coronavirus infection] will impose a negative impact on the image of Trump and the US, and may also negatively affect his re-election.”

    China Daily, the official English language paper, says: “The positive test is yet another reminder that the coronavirus continues to spread, even as Trump has tried desperately to suggest it no longer poses a danger.

    “Since it emerged earlier this year, Trump, the White House and his campaign have played down the threat and refused to abide by basic public health guidelines including those issued by his own administration such as wearing masks in public and practising social distancing.”

  • Debbie White

    JOE BIDEN NEEDS TO BE TESTED FOR COVID NOW

    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden needs to be urgently tested for Covid-19 after sharing the debate stage with President Donald Trump on Tuesday night, according to CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta.

    “If you are indoors, you could think of the virus like smoke,” Gupta adds.

    Trump’s diagnosis of Covid-19 came two days after his first debate with Biden in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Gupta warns that “as you well know, going back to Hope Hicks [Trump's Covid-infected aide], you can be contagious or more contagious before you develop some of the symptoms – the pre-symptomatic period.”

  • Debbie White

    CHANGE IN THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE

    Today's news that Donald and Melania Trump are self-isolating after testing positive for the coronavirus “alters the presidential race dramatically,” says news agency, the Associated Press.

    Time writes that with 32 days before Election Day, “nobody knows exactly what happens next.

    “It will undoubtedly add new chaos into an election season already in uncharted territory as a result of the global pandemic.”

    The White House issued a new schedule for Trump's activities on Friday that did not include a planned trip to Florida.

    Joe Biden is scheduled to campaign in Michigan on Friday.

    Both states are swing states that could help decide the US election.

  • Debbie White

    TOP AIDE HOPE HICKS ALSO COVID-POSITIVE

    The President, 74, announced his coronavirus positive results hours after it was revealed his top aide was found to be infected with the disease, which has so far killed about 213,000 people in America.

    Hicks, one of his most trusted and longest-serving aides, was diagnosed with the virus on Thursday.

    She began feeling mild symptoms during the plane ride home from a rally in Minnesota on Wednesday evening, according to a source.

    She was isolated from other passengers aboard the plane, the person added.

    Hicks had been with Trump and other senior staff aboard Marine One and Air Force One en route to that rally and had accompanied the president to Tuesday’s presidential debate in Cleveland, along with members of the Trump family.

    They did not wear masks during the controversial first debate, in violation of the venue rules.

  • Debbie White

    TRUMP GETTING SUPPORT FROM 'GREATEST PROFESSIONALS'

    Dr Sean Conley, the president’s physician, has today confirmed Donald Trump and the first lady’s positive Covid-19 tests.

    He wrote: “This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-coV-2- virus.

    “The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.”

    Trump's physician added: “The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions.”

  • Debbie White

    BEST WISHES SENT FROM LEADERS ACROSS THE GLOBE

    Donald and Melania Trump have received a barrage of get well messages from leaders across the world.

    Polish President Andzej Duda tweeted: “Our good wishes for speedy recovery to our Friends… Poland and USA will get through the hardships and succeed in fighting COVID19.”

    France's government spokesman Gabriel Attal said: “This demonstrates that the virus spares no one, including those who have shown scepticism. I wish him a swift recovery.”

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “Of course, we wish President Trump a swift recovery.”

    And from Taiwan's Presidential Office, a statement was released saying: “President Tsai, upon receiving the news, sent her best wishes to the US government via diplomatic channels, hoping that President Trump and his wife can recover at an early date under the professional care of the medical team.”

  • Debbie White

    DONALD TRUMP 'FINE' – WHITE HOUSE SOURCE

    A White House source told Fox News shortly after the president announced testing positive for coronavirus on Twitter that he and the first lady are “fine” and are in quarantine at the White House.

    Donald Trump revealed the shocking news himself in a Twitter message shortly before 1am on Friday.

    In a statement, White House spokesman Judd Deere said that Trump, “takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him and the American people very seriously.”

    Deere added: “White House operations collaborates with the physician to the President and the White House Military Office to ensure all plans and procedures incorporate current CDC guidelines and best practices for limiting Covid-19 exposure to the greatest extent possible both on complex and when the President is traveling.”

  • Debbie White

    TRUMP IN 'VULNERABLE COVID CATEGORY' – TV DOCTOR

    US President Donald Trump is in a vulnerable patient category when it comes to fighting the coronavirus, warns Good Morning Britain star Dr Hilary Jones.

    The respected GP told viewers in the UK today: “He's 74, he's in a vulnerable group, he's overweight – he has two factors there which puts him at considerable risk.

    “And I think medics looking at this will say it was almost inevitable, the way we saw him not social distancing, refusing to wear masks at conventions.

    “The US has got the biggest death rate in the world, because they haven't understood this disease was dangerous.”

  • Debbie White

    TRUMP FANS SEND BEST WISHES

    Donald Trump's legions of supporters have sent their best wishes to the coronavirus-stricken president and his wife, Melania.

    A positive Maxim Trance tweeted to the self-isolating couple: “We love you and you'll be just fine.”

    Another posted: “Praying for you and POTUS to have a safe and speedy recovery.”

    Some have also taken a poke at Trump's friendship with Russia's Vladimir Putin:

  • Debbie White

    MELANIA & DONALD 'FEELING GOOD'

    Melania Trump says that she and the president are “feeling good” while in quarantine at the White House.

    She tweeted: “As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for Covid-19.

    “We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements.

    “Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.”

  • Kassidy Vavra

    TRUMP TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID

    President Trump revealed on Friday that he and First Lady Melania have tested positive for coronavirus – and will remain in quarantine.

    “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19,” Trump tweeted on Friday morning.

    “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately.

    “We will get through this TOGETHER!” he vowed.

    Trump's positive diagnosis came just hours after it was revealed his top aide, Hope Hicks, tested positive for COVID-19.

    With just 32 days to the election, the diagnosis will affect Trump's campaigning as he and Melania must now stay quarantined.

  • Kassidy Vavra

    PFIZER CEO PROMISES VACCINE ROLLOUT WON'T BE AFFECTED BY POLITICS FOLLOWING DEBATE

    The CEO of Pfizer said he was “disappointed” that a vaccine for coronavirus was “discussed in political terms” during the Tuesday presidential debate, The Hill reported.

    “Tuesday night I joined the millions of Americans who tuned in to the Presidential debate,” CEO Albert Bourla wrote.

    “Once more, I was disappointed that the prevention for a deadly disease was discussed in political terms rather than scientific facts,” the memo said, as reported by The Hill.

    Bourla promised that the vaccine rollout would be determined by science – and not affected by politics.

  • Kassidy Vavra

    BIDEN'S CAMPAIGN TO START KNOCKING ON DOORS IN LAST-MINUTE STRATEGY MOVE

    Joe Biden's campaign said it's going to start knocking doors in a last-minute strategy move – despite previously saying it wasn't necessary, Politico reported.

    The Democrat's campaign said hundreds of volunteers will start going door-to-door in Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania this weekend.

    Next week, volunteers will begin in the rest of the battleground states, his campaign said, as reported by Politico.

    The move comes as a last minute switch, as the Democratic National Committee previously said that voter turnout was based in digital strategies – like texting, phone banking, and other digital organizing.

  • Kassidy Vavra

    TRUMP WISCONSIN RALLY MOVED AMID COVID CONCERNS

    A Trump rally that was set to be held in Janesville, Wisconsin on Saturday has been moved over coronavirus concerns.

    An official told The Hill that amid pressure from local leaders, the rally was moved to La Crosse.

    Concerns were sparked as there has been a high level of community spread across parts of the state.

    Speaking to The La Crosse Tribune of virus spread concerns, Mayor Tim Kabat mentioned the “expectation is going to be no social distancing and very few people wearing masks” based on previous events held by the president.

    The La Crosse rally is one of two set to be held this weekend in Wisconsin.

    Trump is still expected to speak at the event scheduled in Green Bay.

  • Kassidy Vavra

    CONSERVATIVE CONSPIRACISTS CHARGED WITH 'VOTER SUPPRESSION PLOT'

    Jacob Wohl, 22, and Jack Burkman, 54, are both facing charges after they allegedly orchestrated a plan that made 85,000 calls discouraging people from voting.

    The Michigan Attorney General said in a statement that the duo “allegedly attempted to discourage voters from participating in the general election by creating and funding a robocall targeted at certain urban areas, including Detroit.”

    The calls allegedly targeted minority voters, and told them that their personal information would be stolen and used by cops to track warrants and collect credit card debts, according to the attorney general.

    It also allegedly told people to ““beware of vote by mail,” the statement said.

    Similar calls also reportedly went out to residents of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Illinois.

    Read our story here.

  • Kassidy Vavra

    TRUMP CONDEMNS WHITE SUPREMACISTS

    Two days after the first presidential debate, Trump condemned white supremacists.

    “I've said it many times and let me be clear again: I condemn the KKK. I condemn all white supremacists. I condemn the Proud Boys,” Trump told Fox News on Thursday.

    Trump's statement to Fox News came after he previously did not condemn White Supremacists when asked by moderator Chris Wallace during Tuesday's debate.

  • Hana Carter

    TRUMP 'BIGGEST DRIVER OF THE WORLD'S COVID-19 MISINFORMATION'

    President Donald Trump has been the world's biggest driver of Covid-19 misinformation during the pandemic, a study from Cornell University said.

    A team from the Cornell Alliance for Science evaluated 38 million articles published by English-language, traditional media worldwide between January 1 and May 26 of this year.

    Comments made by the president were at the center of 38 per cent of the 522,472 articles that spread misinformation.

  • Hana Carter

    TRUMP'S SCOTUS DID NOT DISLCOSE PARTICIPATION IN ANTI-ABORTION AD

    Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Donald Trump's pick to the US Supreme Court, had been a part of a 2006 two-page ad slamming the “barbaric legacy” of abortion rights, according to NBC News.

    This comes after fears she would work to undo the landmark ruling in Roe v Wade, which provides constitutional protection to women’s healthcare.

  • Hana Carter

    TOP GOP AIDE REVEALS BALLOT FAIL

    A top gop aide posted a picture showing eight election ballots mailed to the same home and “zero ballots were for the current resident.”

    Nathan Brand posted a photo of the ballots to Twitter in response to a tweet from a journalist showing a similar situation in his home.

    Brand tweeted the caption: “A Washington, DC friend had EIGHT ballots sent to her apartment. ZERO ballots were for the current resident.”

    The comments come after an FBI probe has been launched after mail-in ballots cast for Donald Trump were allegedly trashed by a temporary worker.

    The incident in the swing-state Pennsylvania has added fuel to Trump's efforts to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the upcoming election which he said was susceptible to fraud.

  • Hana Carter

    TRUMP: 'WON'T ALLOW THE DEBATE COMMISSION TO CHANGE THE RULES'

    President Trump said he will not allow any changes to presidential debate rules after he “easily won” Tuesday's debate against Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

    Trump's comments come after the Commission on Presidential Debates said it would be adopting changes to give moderators more control of debates, which may include the ability to mute the candidates' microphones.

    “Why would I allow the Debate Commission to change the rules for the second and third Debates when I easily won last time?” Trump tweeted on Thursday afternoon.

    The commission said it is considering giving the moderators of the next two presidential debates the ability to mute the microphones of both Trump and Biden while the other is speaking.

    Tuesday's moderator, Chris Wallace, had to remind the president several times during the debate that his campaign agreed to the terms — which gave each candidate two uninterrupted minutes to answer his questions.

  • Alahna Kindred

    'ADDITIONAL STRUCTURE'

    The Trump campaign attacked the Commission on Presidential Debates today.

    His reelection campaign claimed it was biased against the president and has called for “additional structure” in the remaining debates.

    Jason Miller, a senior campaign adviser, said on the call: “We do not want any changes.”

    A number of commentators have called for the moderator to be allowed to turn off the candidate's microphone if they don't follow the debate format.

  • Hana Carter

  • Hana Carter

    PELOSKI BRANDS TRUMP A 'BULLY'

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated that she had trouble sleeping after Tuesday night’s debate between Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

    “As Speaker, people say to me, ‘What keeps you up at night?’” she said at a press conference on Thursday at the Capitol.

    “The night of the debate, you saw what keeps me up at night,” she said.

    He is an “authentically a bully,” Ms Pelosi said.

  • Hana Carter

    MCENANY HITS OUT AT PRESS

    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s relationship reached new lows as she reportedly threw insults at the reporters who urged her to “unambiguously” denounce white supremacy.

    “He has condemned white supremacy more than any president in modern history,” Ms McEnany declared.

    Despite having constant opportunities to condemn white supremacy groups such as the Proud Boys on behalf of the President, Ms McEnany refused.

    Instead she pointed to past statements on behalf of the president and White House.

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