Kathy Griffin Says She'll Only Pray for Trump If He Goes on a Ventilator for At Least 5 Days

Following President Donald Trump's announcement on Friday that both he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, comedian Kathy Griffin tweeted that she would offer the couple her prayers on one condition: ventilators for both.

"I'll pray for him and wife on one condition," Griffin tweeted on Friday morning. "NOT mild symptoms. And they each go on a ventilator, for at least 5 days. That's my best and final."

Griffin has long been a Trump critic, often ridiculing and mocking him on Twitter, and has had a very contentious public relationship with Trump. It looks like the COVID-19 diagnosis hasn't changed things much for the My Life on the D-List star.

Ok fine. I’ll pray for him and the wife on one condition.
NOT mild symptoms.
And they each go on a ventilator, for at least 5 days.
That’s my best and final.

— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 2, 2020

As previously reported, Trump's White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, has said that the president had mild symptoms of the coronavirus.

Following the president's announcement that he tested positive for the virus, Griffin fired off a series of jokes on Twitter. She jokingly offered to be Trump's caregiver as he quarantines and advised the first lady to stay quarantined until after the holidays.


— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 2, 2020

I’d like to volunteer to be your caregiver. I’m a patriot. https://t.co/NXrSj4wJph

— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 2, 2020

You may want to quarantine until after Christmas, sweetheart. https://t.co/4oNPtqsZPX

— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 2, 2020

As recently as late September, Griffin's feud with Trump was heating up again, as she fired off accusations against Trump staffers, saying that they were planting stories about her in the National Enquirer. As previously reported, the comic tweeted out a message she'd received from the tabloid publication that asked if she had any comment regarding a story that her house was being put up for sale for $15 million.

The message Griffin shared said that she "needed to raise the cash" due a slow down in bookings. "Sources say one of the reasons she isn't getting any bookings is because her outrageous behavior has got her blacklisted from most TV shows and networks in Hollywood," reads the message that Griffin posted.

The comic tweeted: "Trump staffers planting stories in the Natl Enquirer...again?"

(Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment on Griffin's allegations involving the Enquirer, but did not hear back.)

The most notorious flare-up between Griffin and the Trump administration occurred in 2017, following a May photoshoot in which Griffin posed with a shocking and realistic-looking mockup of a severed head, meant to be Trump's. The president responded to the comic with a tweet. "Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Sick," he wrote.

In a 2019 interview with BuzzFeed, Griffin said the photo still gets brought up to her regularly. "I'm confronted on the street almost on a daily basis," she said. "I'm getting more and more people that are nice and come up and say 'Keep fighting the fight' and stuff. But you know I'm the darling of Fox News."

Griffin's publicists said the comedian had no further comment to add to her remarks on Twitter. A White House press contact did not respond to Newsweek's emailed request for comment in time for publication.

Kathy Griffin
Comedian Kathy Griffin speaks at the 'How to Beat Trump' panel at the 2018 Politicon in Los Angeles, California on October 20, 2018. After Trump announced that he tested positive for COVID-19, the comic tweeted that she would pray for him and the first lady, if he went on a ventilator. Getty/MARK RALSTON/AFP

Updated 10/2/2020, 12:43 p.m. ET: This story has been updated to include further context.