Thursday night's NBC town hall with President Donald Trump saw the president tackling a number of hard-pressing topics, including everything from the QAnon conspiracy group to his debts and his reelection campaign. At one point during the night, Today host Savannah Guthrie, who moderated the event, pressed the president on his coronavirus diagnosis in a moment that drew plenty of reactions on Twitter.
The Thursday evening event, held in Miami at the same time ABC held a town hall with Joe Biden, saw Guthrie pushing the president on questions lingering around his COVID-19 diagnosis, including whether or not he had been tested on the day of the first presidential debate. The president had announced his diagnosis on Oct. 2, just days after the first debate. Asked by Guthrie, "did you test the day of the debate," Trump responded, "I don't know. I don't even remember. Guthrie, however, continued to press, asking if Trump took "a test the day of the debate." The president replied, "I probably did."
GUTHRIE: "You don’t know if you took a test the day of the debate?"— The Recount (@therecount) October 16, 2020
TRUMP: "Possibly I did, possibly I didn’t." pic.twitter.com/zfqtYQkzV1
The moment, along with several other moments from the night, drew plenty of reactions on social media. Several viewers pointed out that Trump has long claimed he has a great memory, though who had somehow failed to remember something as important as a coronavirus test. Others simply took issue with the fact that Trump was again not being clear, while even more praised Guthrie for pushing the president on the topics brought up at the town hall.
Trump: I have the best memory. Person, Woman, Man, Camera, TV.
Guthrie: Did you take a covid test before the first debate?
Trump: I don't remember.— Alex Cole (@acnewsitics) October 16, 2020
I test every 48 hrs B4 I work. I can fully attest to the dates I've been tested, my results & where I've been in between, & I'm just a soap star, NOT THE FREAKIN PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. Guthrie couldn't get honest answer from Trump about any of it, nor will anyone ever.— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) October 16, 2020
The president had announced his diagnosis in a tweet just after midnight on Oct. 2. In that tweet, he said that both he and First Lady Melania Trump "tested positive for COVID-19." He added, "we will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!"prevnext
Guthrie should’ve asked Trump if he would give his doctors permission to disclose all the test info and other metrics.— Ivan the K™ (@IvanTheK) October 16, 2020
Narrator: he was not tested that day.— Formerly MTfromCC (@TMtfromcc) October 16, 2020
It has since been revealed that shortly after they received their positive diagnoses, their 14-year-old son, Barron Trump, also tested positive. According to the first lady, Barron did not experience any symptoms of the virus.prevnext
Wait. He doesn’t remember? Doesn’t he call his opponent names for not remembering?— medit8now (@medit8now) October 16, 2020
Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV.— Todd Henderson 🤓🌎🤝 (@todd_henderson) October 16, 2020
Although the president confirmed his diagnoses on Oct. 2, questions have remained regarding jut when he had contracted the virus. Senior White House advisor Hope Hicks had tested positive for the virus on Oct. 1 after having fallen ill just the day prior. She had attended the first presidential debate and had also traveled aboard Air Force One with the president just a day later, on the day she began experiencing symptoms.prevnext
“I have the best memory “— Hal Levine (@halinchap) October 16, 2020
Translation: Nope because if I did I'd certainly say so.— Gary Scheib (@scheib_gary) October 16, 2020
According to White House physician Dr. Sean Conley, he had "received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus" on the evening on Oct. 1. The couple publicly confirmed their diagnoses just hours later.prevnext
Ladies and gentlemen, the “Best” memory!— JunieP ❄️🌊 (@Leeskijr) October 16, 2020
So, I thought he had the best memory in the world?— Russ Hjelm (@HjelmRuss) October 16, 2020
The positive test results of Trump and Hicks marked the first of what would become a string of positive coronavirus diagnoses from the White House. It is unclear when or how each individual contracted the virus, though it had been speculated that a Sept. 26 White House event introducing Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett could have acted as a "super spreader" event.prevnext
So the man who cant remember important details as to when he was tested wants us to have faith in him running the country. The country that he has already destroyed - Uh no— boricuabc (@boricuabc2) October 16, 2020
He would definitely have said so if he tested negative and he would have definitely remembered. Will there be any repercussions?— Bo (@Barbo131) October 16, 2020
On Oct. 13, Dr. Conley confirmed that the president had tested negative for the virus on consecutive days and had other tests taken, including RNA and PCR cycle threshold measurements. He did not specify when the president had received the negative tests.prevnext
What DO you remember?— Hugothesausagedog (@Hugothesausage1) October 16, 2020
I mean, he lies about everything. It's pathological.— The Whole Truth (@andberg1) October 16, 2020
Trump has since returned to the campaign trail to make his final push for votes ahead of the election. On Thursday, Hicks joined him on his two-day trip to North Carolina and Florida. Many of those accompanying the president were seen not wearing face masks.prev