Huffington Post picked out details from a report by Bloomberg that National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien and his entourage got treated like biohazards in Vietnam at the start of a tour of Southeast Asia. Per HP:
He and his aides were relegated to a single floor in the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, where they stayed last weekend, and were tested by people in “head-to-toe” protective gear, according to Bloomberg. Meals were left outside their hotel rooms for them to retrieve.
All things considered, that looks like a good idea.
The Air Force flight crew that delivered O’Brien was sent out of the country to Thailand until O’Brien was ready to leave. Later in the trip, in the Philippines, a member of the crew tested positive for COVID-19. Two national security aides who were apparently in close contact with them self-quarantined in a Manila hotel and skipped O’Brien’s flight home, according to Bloomberg.
Two other members of the flight crew later tested positive for the coronavirus, Bloomberg reported.
Philippines officials required O’Brien’s team to wear a plastic shield over face masks in any public indoor spaces, according to Bloomberg.
Heckuva job Donnie. The world is not laughing at us anymore — they’re quarantining us. And with good reason.
The U.S. has the highest number of coronavirus cases — and deaths — in the world, and cases are surging. The nation recorded more than 140,000 new cases a day the week of O’Brien’s departure. More than a quarter of a million Americans have died of COVID-19.
A key hot spot for infections is the White House, with positive COVID-19 tests chalked up by chief of staff Mark Meadows, Housing Secretary Ben Carson, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, White House aide and Rudy Giuliani’s son, Andrew Giuliani, first lady Melania Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and President Donald Trump himself, among several others.
Remember when Trump said we’d get sick of winning? He was half right. Atrios speculates on how things might be different if the Pandemic had hit certain people harder…