The group VoteVets alone raised $3.Three million within the final quarter, $1.5 million of it in September after it released an online ad important of Mr. Trump that featured the mother and father of troops slain in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The president’s remarks on Thursday drew rebukes from liberal veterans and their political teams, in addition to from elected Democrats, together with the often circumspect Senator Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island, the rating member of the Senate Armed Companies Committee. “Whether or not he meant it or not, the president has blamed an occasion with households who misplaced their family members in battle for giving him Covid,” he stated in an announcement.
Mr. Reed added: “As a substitute of casting aspersions on the households of the fallen for infecting him, President Trump ought to be clear about his personal actions, who he met with and when, and launch detailed medical info together with a timeline and do some actual contact tracing to assist cease the unfold. As a substitute, President Trump is continuous his sample of irresponsible habits.”
Alyssa Farah, a White Home spokeswoman, stated Mr. Trump had not been implicating the households. “His level was merely that in the time-frame that he was doubtlessly uncovered,” she stated, “there have been quite a few totally different venues he’d been at and people that he had interacted with that it may have come from.”
Many senior Pentagon leaders attended the occasion for army households late final month, and several other friends there have since tested positive for the coronavirus, together with Adm. Charles Ray, the vice commandant of the Coast Guard. The primary girl, Melania Trump, was there and has additionally examined optimistic. Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees, and several other different senior uniformed leaders on the Pentagon are quarantining after interacting with Admiral Ray.
Scrutiny has additionally surrounded a White House gathering on Sept. 26, a day earlier than the army occasion, which was held to honor Mr. Trump’s nomination of Decide Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court docket. Quite a few Trump aides and several other Republican senators who have been there have since examined optimistic, and the White Home has done little to track the contacts of attendees.
In an e mail on Thursday, Timothy Davis, the president of the Biggest Generations Basis, a veterans group concerned in organizing the Gold Star occasion on Sept. 27, stated that every one attendees had examined damaging beforehand and that every one have been “doing properly and exhibit no signs of Covid-19.” Mr. Davis stated the group had been advised late on Oct. 1 that Mr. Trump had examined optimistic, and the households in attendance have been notified the subsequent morning.