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Even some supporters are disappointed that COVID-19 bout didn't humble Trump

By Jaweed Kaleem, Los Angeles Times on

Published in News & Features

In hospital rooms across the country, patients are starting to ask if they too can receive the same treatment as the president. Families of those who died have started wondering if more could have been done.

The COVID-19 outbreak at the White House has refocused attention on how Trump has dealt with the pandemic - his biggest political liability.

A Washington Post/ABC poll released last weekend found 58% of voters disapprove of how Trump has handled the pandemic.

Many of those are Democrats, but in interviews even supporters of the president said he seemed to lack empathy for those who have suffered.

Glenn Perkins, a 74-year-old retired construction worker in Phillipsburg, N.J., who was hospitalized for 32 days in the spring for COVID-19, said the president should not be "so outspoken with pride."

"I support Trump. But as president you don't go around pounding your chest," Perkins said. "That I do not agree with. It's a serious thing, the COVID."


"I'm not jealous that he got this special treatment. I'm glad he did. But he's all puffed up and prideful. He should look not at himself but at all the people who passed away."

According to his doctors, Trump received three main treatments: the steroid dexamethasone, the antiviral drug remdesivir and antibodies that were developed by Regeneron and are still being tested in clinical trials.

The president also was given supplemental oxygen and took vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and aspirin, doctors said.

It is impossible to know which treatments helped him recover, or how he would have fared without them.


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