Chris Cuomo Asks Why Trump Isn't Ashamed for Giving Melania and Barron COVID

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has commented on the recent news that President Donald Trump's youngest son, Barron, had contracted COVID-19 along with his parents. Cuomo, who had the virus himself, wondered why the effect on Trump's family hadn't changed the president's attitude.

Cuomo pointed to the Trump's in-person rallies where there's been limited social distancing and mask-wearing. He suggested they were possible "super spreader" events for the disease.

The quote

"We learned today that Trump's teenage son had COVID," Cuomo said, emphasizing "had."

"Good news. They say he was asymptomatic and is now negative. But here is why I bring it up. How can Trump keep holding potential super spreader events that will sicken other folks and maybe their kids after what his own family has been through?

"I can relate to very little when it comes to Trump's motivations. We may have grown up in the same place, but we are very different people. But this I can relate to. I got my wife and son sick just like he did. But with me, it crushed me. It left me ashamed and super sensitive to keeping people safe.

"Now, with Trump, not only does he not really talk about either of them that much, but he's parading around like Superman and saying he understands COVID better now.

"Well, if he does, why is he only doing things that will make it worse for others? Not only did he fail to keep his own family safe, like I did, but it's what you do after you make that mistake.

"It kills me that the shame and the fear and what might have happened. The way it plagues me to this day and yet he doesn't seem to give a damn. That's why I'm floored that after what he has lived, he's insisting on making more people sick."

Why it matters

The president has returned to holding campaign rallies following his treatment for COVID-19 at the Walter Reed Medical Center. Rally-goers have been observed not social distancing and mask-wearing is not universal.

Trump was criticized for dancing on stage to the Village People's "YMCA" at one recent event while Americans are still coping with the pandemic, which has infected more than 7 million and killed more than 215,000 people, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Context

Cuomo tested positive for COVID-19 on March 31. His wife Cristina and his 14-year-old son Mario also caught the virus. All of them recovered within a month of testing positive. The president's son, Barron, is also 14 years old.

Though Cuomo says he was responsible for spreading COVID in his own family, there is nothing to suggest that the president passed the virus on to the first lady and their son or that Trump was not upset about their diagnosis.

The CNN anchor has spoken openly about his battle with the virus and he's harshly criticized both Trump's handling of and attitude toward the pandemic.

 Trump Speaks During a Campaign Rally
President Donald Trump speaks during a Make America Great Again rally at the Pitt-Greenville Airport on October 15, 2020 in Greenville, North Carolina. Thousands of people gathered to listen to the President 19 days before the 2020 presidential election. His youngest son, Barron, has now recovered from COVID-19. Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images