“It goes to show you it can get anyone, from the president of the United States on down,” he said.
In Kenya as in much of the world, the hashtag #TrumpHasCovid was the top trending topic on Twitter.
Patrick Gathara, 48, a Kenyan political commentator, said that while there was an immediate reaction from many that the president was somehow deserving of the virus, he wanted to focus on a more humane response.
“Trump will get a bit of lashing and some people might even celebrate,” he said. “I don’t think it should be celebrated, but he would be deserving if people came out and reminded him that he brought this unto himself, that he ignored science and scientists.”
He said he hoped the president and his advisers would learn from the ordeal.
“Does this mean the U.S. changes how it handles the virus?” he asked. “What do they do to learn from this? Or does it become another thing that happened, and they don’t learn much from it?”
Danielle Van Elewyck, a 62-year-old pharmacist in Brussels, said it was hard for her as a European to understand Trump’s mentality, especially taking into account the lack of universal health care in the United States.
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