"West Wing aides, shaken by polls showing the president badly trailing Joseph R. Biden Jr., worried that they were living through the final days of the Trump administration." https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/06/us/politics/trump-covid-white-house.html
"Although he was described as itching to get back into the Oval Office and show that he was in charge, a potential live address to the nation was discussed but scrapped in favor of a planned taped one." https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/06/us/politics/trump-covid-white-house.html
Trump still at times sounded like he was trying to catch air. Officials conceded the president was not getting tested every day before his diagnosis. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/06/us/politics/trump-covid-white-house.html
That officials now concede he was not getting tested every day cuts against the perception some aides allowed that he was tested so frequently that others didn't need to worry and were okay not wearing masks around him, knowing his disdain for them https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/06/us/politics/trump-covid-white-house.html
"Among White House advisers, anger grew at Ms. McEnany because her statement announcing her diagnosis appeared to blame Ms. Hicks. There was also frustration from many corners at Mr. Meadows for not doing more to try to protect the staff..." https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/06/us/politics/trump-covid-white-house.html
Some White House staff members wondered whether Mr. Trump’s behavior was spurred by the cocktail of drugs he has been taking to treat the coronavirus, including dexamethasone, a steroid that can...give a false level of energy and a sense of euphoria." https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/06/us/politics/trump-covid-white-house.html
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