In the days before he tested positive for COVID-19, President Trump downplayed the virus and mocked former Vice President Joe Biden for mask wearing at Tuesday’s presidential debate.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Tremendous progress is being made and I say it, and I'll say it all the time, we're rounding the corner. And very importantly, vaccines are coming, but we're rounding the corner regardless.
--But I wear masks--
JOE BIDEN: Just like your rallies.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: --when needed, when needed, I wear masks.
CHRIS WALLACE: OK, let me ask--
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I don't-- I don't wear masks like him, every time you see him he's got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away from it, and he shows up with the biggest mask I've ever seen.
On November 3, Minnesota will decide whether we end this pandemic, defeat the virus, and return to record prosperity. Either way, we're returning, either way. We're going to have the vaccine. We're rounding the turn.
We're on track to develop and distribute a vaccine before the end of the year and maybe substantially before. And I just want to say that the end of the pandemic is in sight. And next year will be one of the greatest years in the history of our country.