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Meadows book: Trump tested positive before visiting Duluth

President Trump held an outdoor rally in Duluth on September 30, 2020. President Trump held an outdoor rally in Duluth on September 30, 2020. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

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Created: December 01, 2021 11:03 AM

A new book by former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows says President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19 several days before visiting Duluth in 2020.

An advance copy of Meadows' book, "The Chief's Chief," was obtained by The Guardian. According to The Guardian, the book says Trump tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 26 but that the White House deemed it to be a false positive after a subsequent test came back negative.

Trump participated in a presidential debate on Sept. 29 and then held an outdoor campaign rally at the Duluth International Airport on Sept. 30. He announced on Oct. 2 that he and Melania Trump had tested positive.

Trump denied the book's claim in a statement issued Wednesday morning.

"The story of me having COVID prior to, or during, the first debate is Fake News. In fact, a test revealed that I did not have COVID prior to the debate," Trump said in a statement distributed by a spokesperson.

Two weeks after the Duluth rally, The Minnesota Department of Health reported that at least three cases of COVID-19 were related to the event.

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