US election 2020: how Covid-19 reached the White House – podcast

Donald Trump spent the weekend in hospital after developing symptoms following a positive test for coronavirus. But with confusing medical briefings and a controversial drive-by stunt, Americans are still trying to get answers as to how Trump became infected as the election approaches

The shock news that Donald Trump had tested positive for Covid-19 last week was followed by an even more dramatic development: he was being admitted to hospital “out of an abundance of caution”.

The Guardian’s Washington bureau chief, David Smith, tells Anushka Asthana that questions still remain about the extent of the president’s illness despite briefings from his medical team. There are also worries about how the president and his staff could have been exposed to the virus despite extensive testing in the White House.

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