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Trump Draws Outrage for Attending Fundraiser Maskless Even After Learning Hicks Was Positive

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After months and months of dismissing the threat posed by the virus that's killed over 200 thousand Americans, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive.

The news came hours after reports emerged that presidential counselor Hope Hicks tested positive as well. Hicks traveled with Trump to a rally in Minnesota, where—like the President and most supporters in attendance—she didn't wear a mask, increasing her chances of spreading the virus to others.

Despite learning Wednesday evening that Hicks had tested positive, Trump attended a fundraiser in Bedminster, New Jersey on Thursday night, hours before announcing to his 86+ million Twitter followers that he'd tested positive for the virus.

While at the round table fundraiser, a maskless Trump took photos with multiple supporters and delivered a speech, according to The Daily Beast.

After a pandemic-induced hiatus earlier this summer, the President has resumed his infamous rallies, many of which were indoors with supporters choosing not to wear masks.

The President has repeatedly dismissed the virus to the public, saying that it's hardly worse than the flu and that young people are virtually immune to the virus. This contradicts recently released tapes from a February interview between journalist Bob Woodward and Trump, in which the President acknowledged that he downplayed the virus.

People saw the President's decision to attend the fundraiser as yet another reckless action in a pandemic response defined by hubris.

People weren't exactly sympathetic to the President's diagnosis.