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Donald Trump Thinks Someone's Weak If They Cough or Sneeze in His Presence, Former Staff Claims

Donald Trump at a Make America Great Again campaign rally in Mesa, Arizona in October 2018. | Photo by Gage Skidmore (licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr.com

United States President Donald Trump has once said it himself that he is a germophobe. But recent reports are giving people a clearer view of how serious he is about making his surroundings free of germs. It is allegedly to the point that he thinks a person is weak if they sneeze or cough near him.

It turns out, Trump’s statements from a recent interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos are not the only interesting things from it. ABC News released a behind-the-scenes cut where Trump is seen demanding they go for a second take in the middle of discussing his financial statement. The reason: someone coughed in the background that Stephanopoulos identified to be White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.

After the ABC News video went viral a text from an anonymous member of the 2016 Trump campaign team told Washington Post’s Jackie Alemany that coughing and sneezing around the now-President is a big mistake. “I was told by multiple people when I came aboard to never cough or sneeze while in the presence of Trump. He thinks it’s a sign of weakness and lack of control. Nobody ever recovers,” the informant said.

“Let’s do that over. He’s coughing in the middle of my answer. I don’t like that, you know, I don’t like that,” Trump said before ultimately kicking Mulvaney out of the room. “If you’re going to cough, please leave the room. You just can’t, you just can’t cough. Boy, oh boy.”

It is also not hard to read how much Trump disconcerted from what happened. But it did not take long before he repeated his answer for the camera.

Decades before he became President, Trump actually put into writing how much he does not enjoy shaking hands with people — something that a state leader does all the time. In his 1997 book “Trump: The Art of the Comeback,” it was written, “One of the curses of American society is the simple act of shaking hands, and the more successful and famous one becomes the worse this terrible custom seems to get. I happen to be a clean hands freak. I feel much better after I thoroughly wash my hands, which I do as much as possible.”

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