During a White House event on Tuesday, President Donald Trump shared a sad and personal update about the tragic effects of COVID-19.
“I’ve spoken to three, maybe four families unrelated to me. I lost a very good friend. I also lost three other friends,” President Trump said during the event.
The comments reportedly came as a follow up to a conversation about one of president’s close friends, real estate developer Stanley Chera, who died of COVID-19 earlier this month.
“I had a friend who went to a hospital the other day. He’s a little older, and he’s heavy, but he’s [a] tough person,” Trump added. “And he went to the hospital, and a day later, he’s in a coma. … He’s not doing well.”
Trump then commented on the unique devastation of the virus.
“The speed and the viciousness, especially if it gets the right person, it’s horrible. It’s really horrible,” Trump said.
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There have been over 60,000 deaths attributed to the coronavirus this year and over 225,000 worldwide.
Despite the high loss of life, the Trump administration is currently working with states to help determine the safest timeline and methods to reopen their economies.