Trump calls the FDA vaccine delay a 'hit job' in flurry of tweets

Trump’s ‘roid rage’? President crashes the market by shutting down COVID relief talks – during a storm of tweets from White House quarantine attacking the FDA, FBI and Joe Biden

  • Trump went on a Twitter frenzy on Tuesday night firing off tweets while quarantined at the White House
  • Said he would sign a stand-alone bill for individual stimulus checks if legislation was passed
  • Claimed he had ordered declassification of all Russian collusion probe documents
  • Slammed Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace over his debate moderation last week
  • Claimed confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to SCOTUS will be ‘fast and easy’   
  • It followed Trump’s tweet that tanked the stock market by saying stimulus deal is off 
  • Some have wondered if Trump is experiencing side effects of steroid treatment 
  • Doctors say steroid dexamethasone can have side affects including aggression, agitation and confusion 
  • Biden responded to the tirade by tweeting a gif saying ‘get off Twitter’ pleading ‘Please.’ 

President Donald Trump has issued a flurry of 42 tweets and retweets on a wide range of topics in just a few hours while under quarantine in the East Wing, slamming the FBI, FDA, Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chris Wallace.

In one tweet, Trump set his terms for approving a stimulus bill from Congress, hours after saying he would cease all negotiations with Democrats until after the November 3 election. 

‘If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?’ he tweeted on Tuesday night. 

Trump has long called for individual stimulus payments and the continuation of the Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses, but has rejected other elements of the Democrats’ proposed stimulus plan. He reiterated that position on Tuesday. 

Trump is seen at the White House on Monday night. He went on a Twitter rampage on Tuesday, tweeting about a variety of topics

‘The House & Senate should IMMEDIATELY Approve 25 Billion Dollars for Airline Payroll Support, & 135 Billion Dollars for Paycheck Protection Program for Small Business,’ he wrote in another tweet. 

‘Both of these will be fully paid for with unused funds from the Cares Act. Have this money. I will sign now!’ he continued. 

Bident responded with a gif that could only be directed at President Trump 

Biden, Trump’s Democrat opponent in the presidential election, responded by tweeting a gif that could only be aimed at the president, of himself saying ‘get off Twitter.’

Trump also reacted with displeasure to new FDA rules that will make it impossible for a vaccine to gain approval for release prior to the election. 

‘New FDA Rules make it more difficult for them to speed up vaccines for approval before Election Day. Just another political hit job!,’ Trump tweeted separately.

Earlier in the day, the FDA said vaccine makers should follow trial participants for at least two months to rule out any major side effects before seeking emergency approval – a timeline that will rule out any hope of a vaccine before the November 3 election, as Trump had often promised. 

Other targets of the president’s ire included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.

‘Wear your mask in the “beauty” parlor, Nancy!’ he said of Pelosi, in reference to surveillance footage that captured her visiting a San Francisco salon without a face covering, in violation of the city’s lockdown rules.

‘Chris Wallace was a total JOKE. Protected Joe all night long. He’s no Mike!!!’ Trump tweeted of the newsman who moderated last week’s presidential debates, comparing him unfavorably to his father Mike Wallace. 

Trump called debate moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News ‘a total JOKE’ in his Twitter rant

Trump singled out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in several tweets on Tuesday

In another tweet, he cited reports of voting irregularities: ‘11,00 North Carolina residents get incorrect voter registration forms. 2000 LA County Voters received “faulty” Ballots, with NO WAY TO VOTE FOR PRESIDENT. Many others throughout USA. Here we go. This will be the most corrupt Election in American History!’ 

In a lengthy string of tweets, Trump spoke about federal investigations into Russian election interference and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server for government emails.

‘I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax. Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. No redactions!’ 

It came as a response to a tweet from Hoover Institution media fellow Paul Sperry, whom Trump also retweeted more than a dozen times in the span of an hour.

Trump has previously vowed to declassify documents related to the FBI’s 2016 Trump-Russia investigation, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s subsequent probe, which found no proof that the Trump campaign criminally conspired with the Russian government.

Indeed, in a follow-up tweet, Trump wrote: ‘All Russia Hoax Scandal information was Declassified by me long ago. Unfortunately for our Country, people have acted very slowly, especially since it is perhaps the biggest political crime in the history of our Country. Act!!!’  

Another stream of tweets lashed out at the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s (above) subsequent investigation

‘So I had to constantly fight off all of this Scum, achieve more than any other President in First Term, and then they talk Chaos. They created crimes against me and this administration!’ Trump added in a retweet of Fox News commentator Greg Jarrett, in reference to the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe. 

‘Can’t believe these con men are not yet being PROSECUTED. Pathetic!’ Trump said of the FBI investigators.  

Biden also came in for Trump’s ire in a tweetstorm from the White House on Tuesday

Trump’s tweetstorm on Tuesday night followed an earlier tweet that sent stock markets crashing, when he said there would be no deal with Democrats on additional pandemic stimulus until after the election.

While some theorized that it might be a negotiation tactic, others pointed to one of the medications Trump is taking to treat coronavirus, Dexamethasone, a steroid that can have side affects of aggression, agitation and confusion.

On Monday, Trump’s Twitter account was locked after he shared the email address of a New York Post columnist.

Twitter forced Trump to delete the tweet before unlocking the account, citing rules against sharing private information without consent. 

WHAT ARE THE DRUGS TRUMP IS BEING TREATED WITH AND WHAT ARE THEIR SIDE EFFECTS?

President Trump has been given at least three potent drugs since announcing he tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday night: Regeneron’s cocktail of lab-made antibodies, the antiviral remdesivir, and the steroid dexamethasone. 

Two of those medications are still experimental for treating COVID-19, and have given emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

And White House physician Dr Sean Conley admitted on Monday that he would not disclose every single medication that the president is currently receiving (citing HIPAA patient privacy laws, which suggests that Trump himself gave Dr Conley permission to disclose some of his medications, but not all of them). 

Remdesivir, dexamethasone and the antibody cocktail are all in ongoing trials – but it’s unclear if anyone besides the US Commander-in-Chief has ever been treated with all three. 

Those three drugs are ‘as much as we know [about the president’s treatment regimen] – but I found it all really confusing, based on the reports,’ Dr Mark Poznansky, an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital told DailyMail.com. 

When asked if there was any precedent for treating a COVID-19 patient with all three drugs, Dr Poznansky replied, ‘no.’ 

‘But the individual decisions are based on the individual patient, and all bets are off when you’re dealing with the president, the commander-in chief,’ he added. 

‘The implication is that the doctors believe that the risk of using these is outweighed by the potential benefit.’ 

And while we have some clarity on the potential side effects of each of the  drugs, how they might interact is a mystery, ‘because they just haven’t been used frequently enough…we don’t know about the combination,’ Dr Poznansky said.  

But even on their own, the side effects of these drugs could be particularly concerning for the president, considering that the steroid can cause mood swings, confusion and aggression. 

The drugs he was treated with and their potential side effects are:  

REGENERON’S EXPERIMENTAL ANTIBODY COCKTAIL DRUG

WHEN HE GOT IT: Trump received a single 8 gram dose of Regeneron’s cocktail of lab-made antibodies on Friday. 

WHAT IT DOES: REGN-COV2 is a combination of two lab-made versions of antibodies that help block the coronavirus from entering cells. 

One of the antibodies in the ‘cocktail’ is based on an antibody that mice produce in response to coronavirus, while the other is based on an antibody isolated from the one of the first US COVID-19 patients. 

The hope is that the treatment drives down viral load, keeping it from overrunning the body and sending the immune system haywire, and preventing the infection from becoming severe. 

WHAT THE DATA SAYS: REGN-COV2 is still in early trial phases, but the first data from its clinical trial found that it dramatically lowered viral load within a week and cut recovery time in half in patients that weren’t sick enough to be hospitalized. 

Regeneron has not yet studied the drug in severely ill patients. 

THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS: The main concern is these types of treatment occasionally trigger ‘antibody-dependent enhancement,’ which means the intended therapeutic actually helps the virus invade cells.

So far, the trials don’t suggest that REGN-COV2 is causing this phenomenon. 

Antibody treatments can also cause allergic reactions including anaphylaxis, as well as fever, chills, nausea, diarrhea, weakness, headache and low blood pressure. 

REMDESIVIR, GILEAD’S ANTIVIRAL DRUG 

WHEN HE GOT IT: President Trump was given his first dose of a five-day treatment course on Friday evening, after he was transferred from the White House to Walter Reed National Medical Center. 

He has since received his second and third dose of the drug. 

WHAT IT DOES: Remdesivir is an antiviral therapy originally designed to treat Ebola. 

Scientists are not entirely sure why, but it helps to prevent coronavirus from making more copies of itself. 

WHAT THE DATA SAYS: Late-stage clinical trials of remdesivir found that patients treated with the drug were more likely to recover within 11 days than those who did not get the drug. 

Their survival odds were about 40 percent better. In May, the drug became the first to get emergency use authorization from the FDA for treating severely ill patients. That approval has since been expanded to any hospitalized patients.

THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS: It can cause nausea, vomiting, chils, sweating or light-headedness. The drug also may harm liver function, meaning that patients have to be closely monitored. 

There was some suggestion the Trump’s liver and kidney function were suboptimal last night, but Dr Conley said Monday the president was just ‘dehydrated.’ 

DEXAMETHASONE, THE $6 STEROID WITH COMMON PSYCHIATRIC SIDE EFFECTS

WHEN HE GOT IT: The president got a dose of dexamethasone on Saturday after he developed a high fever and his blood oxygen levels dropped below 94 percent on two occasions. 

WHAT IT DOES: Dexamethasone is a cheap steroid known to tamp down inflammation. It’s already approved for use in other conditions in the US. 

WHAT THE DATA SAYS: Although it hasn’t yet been given emergency approval in the US, dexamethasone is the most promising treatment yet for coronavirus. 

In a major UK study, the steroid cut the risk of death by 36 percent for patients sick enough to need breathing machines and by 18 percent for patients needing just supplemental oxygen. 

However, it seemed harmful at earlier stages or milder cases of illness: 18 percent of those on the drug died versus 14 percent of those given usual care.

For that reason, many doctors were alarmed to see President Trump treated with the drug because using it suggested either that he was very sick, or that doctors were taking a risk in giving it to him early.  

THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:  The steroid is potent, and can cause swelling, headaches, stomach pain, nausea, weakness, dizziness sleep problems, vision changes, skin problems, severe allergic reactions including mood changes. 

These mood changes include aggression, agitation and confusion. 

‘Steroids are always very dangerous medications to use,’ Dr Edward Jones-Lopez, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, told Reuters.

‘That is why it (dexamethasone) is used in severe to critical patients… There can be neuropsychiatric side effects. These are medications that we use very, very carefully.’  

 Top Trump aide Stephen Miller tests positive for COVID: Senior advisor becomes FIFTEENTH member of the President’s inner circle to be infected after helping debate prep with Hope Hicks, Kellyanne Conway and Chris Christie

Stephen Miller, a senior policy adviser to President Donald Trump, has tested positive for coronavirus, an administration official says.

Miller, 35, tested positive for the virus on Tuesday after working remotely for the prior five days and testing negative every day through yesterday, according to NBC News reporter Hallie Jackson.

Miller is currently in quarantine. His wife, Katie Miller, tested positive for COVID-19 in May, but returned to work as Vice President Mike Pence’s top spokeswoman after fully recovering from the infection at the time.  

Hope Hicks, right, and Stephen Miller, center, are now positive for COVID-19 a week after flying on Marine One with Jared Kushner, left, on September 30

Miller was involved with Trump’s debate prep last week, before the president announced a positive test for COVID-19  on Friday

Katie Miller, who is currently pregnant, has been a key figure in Pence’s preparations for Wednesday’s vice presidential debate with Senator Kamala Harris in Salt Lake City. 

She is currently in Utah with the vice president’s traveling party, an administration official told DailyMail.com.

On Tuesday, White House physician Jesse Shonau said in a memo that Pence had tested negative for the virus earlier in the day.

‘Vice President Mike Pence is encouraged to go about his normal activities and does not need to quarantine,’ the memo stated. 

Miller, seen in July, is a senior policy adviser to Donald Trump

Katie Miller had previously mocked plans to install a plexiglass barrier between the two candidates at the vice presidential debate, saying: ‘If Senator Harris wants to use a fortress around herself, have at it.’

Stephen Miller was last seen publicly on September 30, boarding Marine One with Director of Oval Office Operations Nicholas Luna, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino, Senior Advisor to the President of the United States Jared Kushner and counselor to the President Hope Hicks.

Hicks tested positive for COVID-19 two days later, and Luna tested positive on October 3.  

Stephen Miller is now at least the 15th Trump aide to test positive for the virus. The president and first lady announced their positive result early on Friday, October 2. 

Nearly all members of the White House ‘cluster’ either attended a Rose Garden ceremony on September 26, or participated in debate prep with Trump ahead of the September 29 presidential debate. 

Miller was a key participant in Trump’s debate prep in the White House Map Room.

Miller, from left, Hope Hicks and Kushner board Marine One on Sept. 30

Also participating in the prep were Hicks, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, and Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, all of whom have tested positive for COVID-19 since the debate.

Miller, a top aide who has remained in his post since inauguration, is among the administration’s most controversial figures.

He is seen as the mastermind behind Trump’s travel ban against several majority-Muslim countries, as well as the scuttled policy of arresting all people who entered the country illegally, resulting in the separation of children from family members.

Miller’s grandmother Ruth Glosser died at the age of 97 in July, with family members blaming coronavirus.

At the time, Miller denied that coronavirus was to blame for her death, telling Mother Jones through a spokesperson that Glosser had contracted the virus in March. 

‘She was diagnosed with COVID in March and passed away in July so that timeline does not add up at all,’ the spokesperson said. ‘His grandmother died peacefully in her sleep from old age.’ 

TRUMP’S INNER CIRCLE WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 1

Ronna McDaniel, 47. Chair of the Republican National Convention 

McDaniel is thought to have been the first positive case. It was not made public until after Trump’s diagnosis. 

She was last in contact with Trump on September 25. McDaniel began isolating on September 26 when a member of her family tested positive. She got her results several days later. 

THURSDAY OCTOBER 2

Hope Hicks, 31, Counselor to the President

 

Hicks was the first case reported and was tied to the President’s positive test. 

She flew with him through the week before he was diagnosed and started feeling unwell on her way back from a rally in Minnesota on Wednesday night. 

She quarantined on Air Force One to stay away from him.  

President Donald Trump, 74 

Confirmed positive diagnosis on Friday October 2 at 1am. Was taken to Walter Reed on Friday night, where he remained on Monday afternoon. 

Reported symptoms included trouble breathing, lethargy and a fever. 

He was given an antibody cocktail on Friday and other treatments. 

 

First Lady Melania Trump, 50

Confirmed positive diagnosis on Friday October 2 at 1am. She has been quarantining in the White House. 

She suffered mild symptoms including a cough and a headache but has said repeatedly that she feels ‘good’. 

FRIDAY OCTOBER 2

Fr. John Jenkins, 66, President of the University of Notre Dame 

Jenkins attended the announcement of Amy Coney Barrett as Trump’s Supreme Court Nomination without a mask on Saturday September 25. 

The event in the White House Rose Garden is now widely believed to be the source of many of the infections.

He is not thought to have severe symptoms.  

Mike Lee, 49, Republican Utah Senator 

Lee also attended the event in the Rose Garden and he was seen hugging other attendees without a mask on. 

He is not thought to have severe symptoms either.  

Bill Stepien, 42, Trump’s Campaign Manager

Stepien tested positive after Trump. 

He had mild, flu-like symptoms and planned to continue working from home. 

He attended Tuesday night’s rally in Cleveland, having flown with Trump and Hicks on Air Force One to and from the event. 

Michael Shear, 52, New York Times White House correspondent, and two other unnamed journalists 

The journalists’ positive diagnoses were revealed on Friday. 

Two attended the SCOTUS event, where they said they were forced into pen like enclosures at the back, with little space between them. 

Hardly any of the guests at the event wore masks, they said. 

SATURDAY  OCTOBER 3

Thom Tillis, 60, Republican North Carolina Senator 

Tillis announced that he’d tested positive after routinely testing negative. 

He said he was asymptomatic. 

‘Over the last few months, I’ve been routinely tested for COVID-19, including testing negative last Saturday, but tonight my rapid antigen test came back positive,’ he said in a statement.

Chris Christie, 58, Former New Jersey Governor 

Christie has been at the White House frequently in recent weeks and was at the SCOTUS event. 

He tested positive on Saturday and checked himself into hospital, he said, out of an abundance of caution because of his health conditions including asthma.  

Nicholas Luna, 29, Chief of Oval Office Operations and ‘body man’

Luna’s job requirements involve following Trump around at all times. 

He tested positive on Saturday night, more than 24 hours after President Trump did  

Ron Johnson, 65, Republican Wisconsin Senator 

Johnson still attended an Oktoberfest event on Friday night while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, despite knowing he had come into contact with others who had tested positive. 

He defended it, saying he was asymptomatic 

SUNDAY OCTOBER 4

Kellyanne Conway, 53, Former White House Counselor to the President 

Conway and her daughter have both tested positive. 

The daughter, Claudia, revealed on Tik Tok that her mom had been coughing all over their home 

 

MONDAY OCTOBER 5

Kayleigh McEnany, 32, White House Press Secretary 

McEnany had tested negative last week after Trump’s diagnosis and she continued giving press conferences without a mask on until Sunday

Chad Gilmartin. Assistant Press Secretary

Karoline Leavitt, Assistant Press Secretary 

Two unnamed staff members who work in the White House residence. 

They were told to use ‘discretion’ when discussing it, according to The New York Times 

TUESDAY OCTOBER 6

Stephen Miller, 35, White House policy advisor

Miller had been working remotely for five days, and tested negative for coronavirus each day prior to testing positive, the administration said.  

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