Former president Donald Trump reportedly had McDonald's brought to Walter Reed hospital after he was taken there following his COVID-19 diagnosis in October 2020.
The detail is included in former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows' new book, according to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman.
"Trump had McDonald’s brought to Walter Reed after the Regeneron started kicking in, per Meadows," Haberman wrote on Twitter Friday night, as she was apparently reading the former chief of staff's book.
"They had to eat with face shields on at the doctor’s orders, which didn’t thrill any of them," Haberman added.
Trump is well known for his love of McDonald's and other fast food and unhealthy fare. His former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, once wrote that on the candidate's airplane, "there were four major food groups: McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza, and Diet Coke.”
According to Lewandowski, a McDonald's meal for Trump typically consisted of “two Big Macs, two Filet-O-Fish, and a chocolate malted" — which, as the Atlantic noted, represents a 2,400 calorie meal with twice the average daily recommendation of sodium. According to the CDC, obesity may triple the risk of hospitalization due to a COVID-19 infection.
In the White House, Trump directed kitchen staff to make McDonald's menu items, and served fast food to the Clemson Tigers national champion football team. Journalist Michael Wolff once reported that Trump likes McDonald’s because of his “longtime fear of being poisoned,” since “nobody knew he was coming and the food was safely premade.”
Meadows' book made headlines this week in part due to his revelation that Trump tested positive for COVID before his first debate with President Joe Biden — and a week before announcing his diagnosis.
According to Haberman, Meadows also wrote about coming down with COVID himself after Election Day.
“The president told me it was not a convenient time for me to get sick,” he wrote.
The parents of Michigan school shooter Ethan Crumbley withdrew $4,000 from an ATM on Friday, and have turned off their cell phones, according to a report from CNN.
"A law enforcement official told CNN the parents withdrew $4,000 from an ATM in Rochester Hills, Michigan, on Friday. Rochester Hills is about 10 to 15 miles from Oxford," the network reported Friday night. "Law enforcement had been able to track the couple's whereabouts by cell phone pings but can no longer do so as the couple's cell phones are turned off, the official said."
James and Jennifer Crumbley are each charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with their 15-year-old son Ethan's deadly rampage at Oxford High School on Tuesday.
After the Crumbleys failed to show up for their arraignment on Friday, their attorneys insisted they are not fleeing and plan to turn themselves in. However, the couple had not done so by late Friday night, and a manhunt was under way.
"The sheriff's office released a statement which said the Crumbleys might be driving a black 2021 Kia Seltos with the Michigan license plate number DQG 5203," CNN reported.
US Marshals announce reward, release wanted posters for James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of the accused Oxford HS (Michigan) shooterpic.twitter.com/CbtWwdTHuj— U.S. Marshals (@U.S. Marshals) 1638590325
Trump-Biden coverage data shows reporters are ‘accessories to the murder of democracy’: WaPo columnist
President Joe Biden's press coverage has been as negative as — and sometimes more negative than — former president Donald Trump's, according to a new data-based analysis.
Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank reports that the analysis, covering more than 200,000 articles from 65 news websites, rated the coverage Biden received in the first 11 months of 2021 versus the coverage President Donald Trump got in the first 11 months of 2020.
"The findings ... confirmed my fear: My colleagues in the media are serving as accessories to the murder of democracy," Milbank writes. "After a honeymoon of slightly positive coverage in the first three months of the year, Biden’s press for the past four months has been as bad as — and for a time worse than — the coverage Trump received for the same four months of 2020."
Milbank suggests the results are alarming given that among other things, Trump presided over the world's worst response to COVID-19, embraced violent white supremacists, and refused to accept the results of a free and fair election, sparking the Capitol insurrection.
"We need a skeptical, independent press. But how about being partisans for democracy?" Milbank writes. "The country is in an existential struggle between self-governance and an authoritarian alternative. And we in the news media, collectively, have given equal, if not slightly more favorable, treatment to the authoritarians. ... Too many journalists are caught in a mindless neutrality between democracy and its saboteurs, between fact and fiction. It’s time to take a stand."