Chelsea Clinton slams Donald Trump for Covid-19 outbreak among secret service personnel: 'Shame on you'
Former President Bill Clinton's daughter Chelsea Clinton has blamed President Donald Trump for the recent coronavirus outbreak within the Secret Service. Chelsea, daughter to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, took to Twitter to say "shame on you" to Trump.
Chelsea's reaction comes after the Washington Post reported on Friday, November 13, that over 130 members of the secret service have had to isolate themselves after either testing positive or for being exposed to the virus as they traveled during Trump's reelection campaign.
"Shame on you, @realDonaldTrump, and your family," Chelsea tweeted, adding: "You put those sworn to protect you at risk with your reckless, dangerous choices. Hope every Secret Service agent and their family members receive the same care you did if they get sick from #covid19."
Shame on you, @realDonaldTrump and your family. You put those sworn to protect you at risk with your reckless, dangerous choices. Hope every Secret Service agent and their family members receive the same care you did if they get sick from #covid19. https://t.co/XJqDCzSRrK— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) November 13, 2020
I personally would love to see everybody who was indirectly infected in any way by these rallies and those attending the rallies to sue Trump directly for his blatant disregard for this public health crisis. The spiking state numbers follow the Trump train— Denise Bundick (@GrizzlyBearMama) November 13, 2020
What kind of sick wicked president infects his entire security staff. How is this not Criminal?— Chidi®️ (@ChidiNwatu) November 13, 2020
Soon people resonating with Chelsea's sentiments poured in with replies to the tweet. "I personally would love to see everybody who was indirectly infected in any way by these rallies and those attending the rallies to sue Trump directly for his blatant disregard for this public health crisis. The spiking state numbers follow the Trump train." Another asked: "What kind of sick wicked president infects his entire security staff. How is this not Criminal?"
According to the Washington Post, the outbreak among the Secret Service had to do with Trump rallies leading up to Election Day. "White House staff largely eschew wearing masks, despite public health guidelines that they help contain the spread of the virus, and some Secret Service officers on duty at the complex have also been seen without them," the publication noted.
These refer to the near-50 campaigns and rallies that Trump held between recovering from the virus himself and Election Day, and all the states he visited at the time were Covid-19 hotspots.
Some of these secret service men also accompanied Trump as he drove past his supporters. It is worth noting that at the time, Trump was still being treated for the coronavirus. Walter Reed physician Dr James P Phillips labeled the president's 15-minute trip "insanity".
Noting how the secret service is taking all precautions in the wake of the outbreak, an official for them said "The USSS is taking all necessary precautions and putting anyone who is considered close contact in quarantine. There has been zero impact on the mission. Staffing levels are high enough to manage."
As of now, about 10 percent of the president's security team has been reportedly sidelined. "Being down more than 100 officers is very problematic," a former senior Secret Service supervisor told the Washington Post. "That does not bode well for White House security."
Trump however continues to assert no matter who wins the election, there will be no lockdown as long as he's in power. Hinting at a loss for the first time since the race was won by Biden about a week ago, the president took the podium at the White House's Rose Garden in his first-ever public address since the loss.
"Whatever happens in the future who knows… which administration will be...," he said, adding: "I guess time will tell but I can tell you this administration won't go into lockdown."
The president made these claims in the wake of more than 153,000 new coronavirus infections that were reported on November 13, stated the Washington Post, marking the 17th time in nine days that cases reached new heights that were gravely concerning. The records also said that at least 66,000 Americans were hospitalized for the virus.