President Donald Trump on Wednesday described a friend of his who in a coma as he battles the coronavirus as a “heavier” individual who is “sort of central casting for what we’re talking about.”
Trump said that learning about the “severity” of the novel coronavirus led to his recent shift in tone away from comparing the virus to the flu as he did in the early days of the pandemic.
“I think also, and looking at the way — the contagion — it is so contagious. Nobody’s ever seen anything like this, where large groups of people all of a sudden, just by being in the presence of somebody, have it,” Trump said at the coronavirus task force briefing Wednesday afternoon.
Trump was asked about the unnamed friend whose struggle with the virus Trump has cited at least twice in previous briefings. Trump has said this friend slipped into a coma.
“Also the violence of it — if it hits the right person, and you know what those stats are, if it hits the right person that persons in deep trouble. And my friend was the right person,” Trump said.
“But it hit him very hard. He’s strong, very strong kind of a guy, but he’s older, he’s heavier and he’s sort of central casting for what we’re talking about,” Trump said.
“And it hit him very hard. I’ve never seen anything like it,” he added.
President Trump discusses a friend of his who is in a coma from coronavirus: "He’s older, he’s heavier, and he’s sort of central casting for what we’re talking about. And it hit him very hard. I’ve never seen anything like it." https://t.co/CCmRRA6993 pic.twitter.com/cDAteoG4Jy
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