Prayers and criticism as public figures react to Trump Covid news

Sympathy for president and first lady but coronavirus diagnoses no surprise, say some

Politicians and other public figures in the US and around the world have reacted to Donald Trump’s Covid diagnosis by offering well-wishes, while some pointed out that the president had repeatedly downplayed the dangers of the pandemic and undermined public health guidelines.

A government spokesperson in France wished the US leader a swift recovery but questioned Trump’s repeated dismissals of the risks of the disease. “This demonstrates that the virus spares no one, including those who have shown scepticism,” Gabriel Attal said.

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