A week when Trump’s White House flouted Covid rules – in pictures | US news

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When you look at photographs of Donald Trump and his team since the pandemic, they almost appear as if they are from another world, before the coronavirus existed.

Those images may have once been intended to portray a strong White House, impervious to the virus – we have always known that the president has a keen eye for optics, after all (remember that doctored photo from his inauguration?).

But now the president has been diagnosed with Covid-19, and as we learn just how far his team may have spread the virus, these photos betray a different image: of Donald Trump the super-spreader; of all the moments his team potentially put others in acute danger. Here are those moments, in pictures.

Supreme court nomination at the White House Rose Garden

On 26 September, five days before the resident was diagnosed with the coronavirus, Trump held an event to announce his nomination for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s spot on the supreme court. The ceremony is now thought to have been a super-spreader event, with 200 people in attendance, eight of whom have now tested positive for the virus.

U.S President Trump holds an event to announce his nominee of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Judge Barrett to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the White House in WashingtonU.S President Donald Trump holds an event to announce his nominee of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 18, at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 26, 2020. Picture taken September 26, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria



Photograph: Carlos Barría/Reuters

Here, the former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who has now tested positive for covid-19, hugs Judge Barrett close, while neither of them wear masks.

Chris Christie greets others after President Donald J. Trump spoke with Judge Amy Coney Barrett during a ceremony to announce Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House on Saturday, Sept 26, 2020 in Washington, DC.



Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty Images

People were packed in tightly, sitting shoulder to shoulder.

Staff and visitors listen as President Donald J. Trump speaks with Judge Amy Coney Barrett during a ceremony to announce Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House on Saturday, Sept 26, 2020 in Washington, DC.



Photograph: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty Images

Later the reception continued inside the White House. In this photo, Melania, Senator Thom Thillis of North Carolina and President Trump – who would later test positive for the virus – all mingle without masks.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump with Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), left, and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, right, at a reception on the day of Barrett’s nomination inside the White House in Washington, Sept. 26, 2020. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) is at center. (Doug Mills/The New York Times) Credit: New York Times / Redux / eyevine For further information please contact eyevine tel: +44 (0) 20 8709 8709 e-mail: info@eyevine.com www.eyevine.com



Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times/Redux/eyevine

Pennsylvania rally

As if one event wasn’t enough that day, Trump and his colleagues later attended a Make America Great Again campaign rally in Middletown, Pennsylvania.

US-VOTE-TRUMPSupporters cheer as US President Donald Trump arrives to a “Make America Great Again” campaign rally at Harrisburg international airport in Middletown, Pensylvania on September 26, 2020. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)



Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

His political counsel Hope Hicks was in attendance at the rally, cheering without a mask on. Four days later, Hicks began showing symptoms of the virus and went into self-isolation.

Hope Hicks,William Russell,John McEnteeCounselor to the President Hope Hicks cheers as President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Harrisburg International Airport, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Middletown, Pa. Special assistant to the President and White House trip director William Russell, center, and director of the White House personnel office John McEntee, watch. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)



Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

Supporters showed their love for the president at the rally, with fists in the air and very few masks to be seen.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump attend his campaign event at the Harrisburg International Airport in Middletown, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 26, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY



Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Remembrance candle lighting inside the White House

The next day, Trump attended a candle lighting inside the White House East Room with families of those who died during service. People sat knee-to-knee, many of them elderly, with not one mask visible in the crowd.

President Donald J. Trump listens as songs are sung at a remembrance candle lighting during a reception to honor Gold Star Families Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in the East Room of the White House.



Photograph: Andrea Hanks/The White House

The presidential debates

On Tuesday, before the presidential debates, Trump, Christie and lawyer Rudy Giuliani sit inside without masks during a news conference.

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani listen as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Briefing Room of the White House on September 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump is preparing for the first presidential debate with former Vice President and Democratic Nominee Joe Biden on September 29th in Cleveland, Ohio.



Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Here, two photos show Melania wearing a mask in one instant and in the next without it. The family reportedly waved away masks when offered to them that night. “When needed, I wear masks,” Trump later said in the debate. Two days later, he tested positive for the virus.

This combination of two photographs shows first lady Melania Trump wearing a face mask and then going without it along with the rest of the Trump family, including (from foreground) Donald Trump Jr., Tiffany Trump, Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump, before the start of the first presidential debate between U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., September 29, 2020. Pictures taken September 29, 2020.



Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

Another rally in Minnesota

On Wednesday, the president went to Minnesota for a fundraiser alongside his aide Hope Hicks – who later began feeling unwell and reportedly had to self-isolate on the plane ride back.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Duluth International Airport in Duluth, Minnesota on September 30, 2020.



Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

And social distancing wasn’t exactly commonplace in the crowd.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump campaigns in MinnesotaFILE PHOTO: Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump attend a campaign rally at Duluth International Airport in Duluth, Minnesota, U.S., September 30, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo



Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

Hicks tested positive for the virus the following morning. Later that night, Trump would announce (erroneously) that the “end of the pandemic is in sight”.

Counselor to the President Hope Hicks walks from Marine One to accompany President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One as he departs Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Hope, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have all tested positive for the coronavirus.



Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP

The walk of shame

Here, Trump heads towards the White House on Thursday evening after his positive test, looking a little worse for wear.

President Donald Trump walks from Marine One to the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, as he returns from Bedminster, N.J.



Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

Ever aware of optics, Trump flew to hospital on Friday, but made sure he was photographed walking to the helicopter by himself. This was reportedly an attempt to escape another unsavory image, of having to be assisted out of the White House if he got sicker.

A drive-by greeting

But he couldn’t stay away from the crowds for long. On Sunday, Trump jumped into his armoured SUV for a drive-by greeting with supporters. Here, they wave him on.

TOPSHOT-US-POLITICS-TRUMP-HEALTH-VIRUSTOPSHOT - Supporters of the US president hold flags as they rally outside of Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on October 4, 2020, where the president is being treated for Covid-19. - US President Donald Trump waved at supporters from a motorcade on October 4 on a short drive outside the hospital where he was being treated for Covid-19. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)



Photograph: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images

“Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days,” tweeted James Phillips, an attendant physician at Walter Reed, where Trump is being treated. “They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.”

TOPSHOT-US-POLITICS-TRUMP-HEALTH-VIRUSTOPSHOT - US President Trump waves from the back of a car in a motorcade outside of Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on October 4, 2020. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN / AFP) (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)



Photograph: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images

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