A military helicopter approaching the White House; dramatic music accompanies the landing on the grass. US President Donald Trump gets out, shortly afterwards he salutes down from the balcony and rips the breathing mask off his face with a big gesture of liberation. Allegedly recovered from Covid-19, he now has an urgent message to his people: “Don’t be afraid.” Because the drugs, by the way given by God, work wonders. Everything will be fine.
The great staging of virus conqueror Donald Trump: SPD politician and health expert Karl Lauterbach has only negative words for it. According to Karl Lauterbach, Trump has shown what no citizen should do. For example, driving around in a hermetically sealed car with other people carrying the virus. Or leave the clinic after just a few days. “I am sure that he dismissed himself against the advice of the attending physicians,” explains doctor Lauterbach in Sandra Maischberger’s weekly review.
Visibly difficult breathing on the balcony
Because in fact Trump must have been quite seriously ill, Lauterbachs concludes from the “definitely experimental” drug therapy used. The fact that the US President, despite the heroic staging on the balcony of the White House, is breathing clearly hard after only a few steps, also indicates that he is “not yet over the mountain”. The corona virus is treacherous, warns Lauterbach: The symptoms, which often seem harmless, would reveal little about the true condition of the lungs.
Even the American John Bolton, Republican and former security advisor in the White House, does not believe that the world will know the true state of health of the president. Or, for example, the period in which Trump became infected and could have been a danger to others.
Chaos as a presidential lifestyle
Maischberger asks himself whether the machinery around the US president is still working in the face of the first cases of infection. A steep template for Bolton: “The White House under Donald Trump has not been able to work for four years,” he jokes. “Chaos is just a way of life for Donald Trump.”
Will the disease help Trump in the election campaign? He doesn’t think so, says Bolton. At least he has already voted. For the first time in his Republican career, he was not the top candidate of his party.
Trump and the corona virus: These are the predominant topics at “Maischberger. The week”. Lauterbach warns of a second wave of infections and fails to explain the travel rules of the individual federal states that have just been decided in a halfway understandable way. He himself does not see travelers as a risk of infection, he admits. Private celebrations of more than 25 people are a much bigger problem. And schools in general. But changing something at short notice had never been possible before.
And then there is the Greens boss Robert Habeck, to whom Maischberger asks the persistently recurring question: Do you want to become Federal Chancellor? “We want to fight for the lead,” is Habeck’s favorite answer. In order to become a bit clearer: what he would have to bring with him – moral tools, for example, inner calm – is already there.
But the K question is much more than a succinct “Hey, are you up for being chancellor?”. Leading a country – this was also shown by the corona pandemic – would also mean making decisions about life and death, or those that could endanger jobs. Which is why Habeck chooses the philosophical answer: “We’ll do our best, and then we’ll see what happens to it.”