Shock, sympathy, mockery: World reacts to Trump testing Covid positive
TOKYO: News of the infection of the most powerful man in the world with the most notorious disease in the world drew instant reactions of shock, sympathy, undisguised glee and, of course, the ever-present outrage and curiosity that follow much of what Donald Trump does, even from 10,000 miles away.
Trump's announcement, on Twitter, on Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, and the deep uncertainty that accompanied it, permeated the global news cycle, upending countless plans and sparking comment everywhere from presidential offices to the thousands looking to weigh in on social media.
The positive test reading for the leader of the world's largest economy adds more uncertainty to investors' worries, including how the infection might affect the November 3 election between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. US stock futures and Asian shares fell in the wake of the news. The future contracts for both the S&P 500 and the Dow industrials lost 1.9%. Oil prices also slipped. Stock prices in Japan and Australia tumbled.
"To say this potentially could be a big deal is an understatement,'' Rabobank said in a commentary. "Anyway, everything now takes a backseat to the latest incredible twist in this US election campaign.''
World leaders and officials were quick to weigh in, and there was both sympathy and something approaching schadenfreude.
"Wishing my friend (at)POTUS (at)realDonaldTrump and (at)FLOTUS a quick recovery and good health,'' Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.
US-India ties have prospered under Trump, and India is seen as a partner to balance China's growing weight in Asia.
"Our best wishes go to the president and the first lady, but it demonstrates that no one is immune from Covid-19 and catching it. So it shows that no matter the precautions, we are all susceptible to this,'' Australian Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, deputy leader of the conservative Nationals party, said on Australian Broadcasting Corp. TV. "A trying time, and it just goes to show that a global pandemic can in fact touch anybody, even the president of the United States.''
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, speaking at a weekly news conference, did not mention Trump's reluctance to wear masks when asked about his infection, but she said the news "reminded me of how widely masks are worn in Japan.''
Major media across the globe also played up the announcement, with bulletins crawling across TV screens in Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei and Beijing.
The positive test result for Trump and his wife was the most searched topic in China - after news about the holiday - on the widely used social media app Weibo a few hours after the announcement, with most comments mocking or critical.
One user darkly joked that Trump had finally tweeted something positive.
Iranian state television announced Trump had the virus, an anchor breaking the news with an unflattering image of the US president surrounded by what appeared to be giant coronaviruses. US-Iran ties have suffered since Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers and reimposed crushing sanctions.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/p/50961.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Trump will win this battle too.
we pray for you get well soon... India needs Trump.. to counter all the anti indians... get well soon...
US need this kind of person as president. Get well soon.
Feku should himself go personally and deliver Gaumutra and Gobar to him
Indians mocking Trump seem to be forgetting that he is a friend of India and a bulwark against Chinese and Pakistani aggressive tactics. We should rather be praying for his swift recovery
GET WELL SOON SIR
Death is inevitable.
He should have used mask and follow social distancing which he never did ! He is very fit will recover soon .
He had Great Escape plan from Election Debate.... Where as he is want to gain sympathy of authorities and voters...
It is a act of Karma!! trump tried to ignore all warning , flouted all rules , refuse to wear mask and conducted the election rally , thinking that even million of Americans got affected , his financial empire can survive. Now it is his turn , hope he will realize whether he earned every thing if you loose your life what is the point
Its not a shock to me, as Trump had been avoiding wearing masks and did not give importance to it. But I think by announcing he tested positive, he is trying to get sympathy. Making mockery out of this is people's right to express.
Wishing Mrsand Mr Trump a speedy recovery from Coronavirus
The world is worried in general and India in particular as President Trump alone has the guts to take on China
Inject some bleach to him. Test his own prescription on this moron...
for India ,best prez after Kenndy is undoubtly TRUMP.. wish him speedy recovery..
He is needed to counter China. Wish him to get well sooon.
USA use sanctions to bring down competitors
Go India Go
America needs Trump! Get well soon