Former chief of staff Mark Meadows has a new book coming out where he says Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19 three days before his first debate with Joe Biden:

Even though he tested negative on the second test, Meadows instructed staff to treat the president as if he was infected. From The Guardian:

After “a brief but tense wait”, Meadows called back with news of the negative test. He could “almost hear the collective ‘Thank God’ that echoed through the cabin”, he writes.

Meadows says Trump took that call as “full permission to press on as if nothing had happened”. His chief of staff, however, “instructed everyone in his immediate circle to treat him as if he was positive” throughout the Pennsylvania trip.

Meadows also wrote, “Nothing was going to stop [Trump] from going out there” and debate Biden:

Days later, Trump tested positive again and was hospitalized for treatment:

And now we wait for a response from the former president:

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