When it was confirmed that the most powerful man in the world had the worst disease, the world immediately reacted to the news with reactions that were a mixture of shock, sympathy, anger, curiosity and hidden joy.
And as soon as US President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he and his wife Melania had contracted the emerging kurna virus, the news dominated the large and small screens, and confused many of the plans.
From presidential offices to social media accounts, the news sparked countless comments and preoccupied people all over the world.
An injury to the head of the world’s most powerful economy would cause more suspicion and anxiety for investors, especially if it is linked to the presidential elections scheduled for the third of next November.
Financial markets reacted immediately to the news, with US stock futures prices dropping, global markets falling, and oil prices dropping.
For their part, world leaders rushed to the news, and there appeared sympathy at the summit, while elsewhere there was something akin to gloating.
Trump has become one of a growing number of leaders who have been infected with Corona, and many of them have been known to seek to reduce the threat of the virus.
In a direct message to Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote, “I hope you will overcome the virus thanks to your inherent vitality, optimism and high spirits.”
On Twitter, the Director-General of the World Health Organization wrote, “My sincere wishes to President Trump for a speedy and full recovery.”
The Trump administration informed the United Nations last July of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization, and this decision is scheduled to take effect next year.
Trump claims that the WHO is under strong influence from China, and therefore it must be reformed.
As for the leader of the right-wing opposition in Italy, Matteo Salvini, he tweeted, “In Italy and in the world, whoever rejoices in the illness of a man or a woman, and wishes death to the neighbor, confirms that he is foolish and without a soul. An embrace of Melania and Donald.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson – who had previously spent a week in the hospital for contracting the virus – also wished Trump a speedy and full recovery.
Criticism and advice
But Johnson’s infectious disease adviser, Dr.Bharat Pankhania, tweeted in another direction, saying he hoped Trump’s injury sends a message to Trump himself and other leaders.
He wrote, “We want presidents – especially those powerful like Trump – to take this (disease) seriously, and support scientists and doctors to lead the handling of the epidemic, rather than employing political influence in trying to deny” the danger of this virus according to their political agendas and interests.
During her weekly press conference, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said that “the news” reminds her that people in Japan wear masks on a large scale, but she did not mention Trump by name.
The global media played a major role in making Trump’s injury landmark, and it dominated television screens in Seoul, Tokyo and Beijing.
Comments from China
In China, the official Xinhua news agency highlighted the news and broadcast it on state television, while there was no immediate comment from a government official.
In the past hours, the injury of Trump and his wife was at the forefront of the topics that surfers searched for the “Weibo” application, which is widely used in China, and most of the comments were sarcastic and critical.
“Finally, Trump is writing something positive on Twitter,” one commentator wrote sarcastically.
The Chinese government had denounced Trump’s attempts to blame it and hold it responsible for the emergence of the Corona virus, which first appeared in Wuhan, China, late last year.
As for the editor of the state-owned Global Times newspaper, he wrote that Trump and his wife paid the price of his gambling and downplaying the danger of the new Corona virus.
Arabs and Iranians
On the Arab side, the media constantly broadcast footage of Trump and his wife after announcing that they were infected with the virus, and Al Arabiya interrupted its broadcasts, and turned to the White House to transmit live footage.
As for Al-Jazeera, it hosted 4 commentators to discuss the uncertainty prevailing in the United States, and to question whether Trump can effectively campaign and run the country while he is subject to quarantine.
In Iran, state television broadcast that Trump had contracted the virus, and broadcast a “hateful” image of the president surrounded by what appeared to be the emerging corona virus.
Iranian-US relations have witnessed more tension, after Trump withdrew from the nuclear agreement signed by the great powers with Iran in 2015 and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran.
Social media was buzzing with swift reactions and questions about whether Trump would blame China and continue to show disrespect to his opponents and critics while he was undergoing quarantine.
The questions addressed the possibility of his health condition worsening and his death, and what this means for the US elections scheduled for a month.
While the news of the infection prevailed on social networking sites in various languages, some comments reflected their gloating and joyfulness of the US President’s infection with the virus.
On Twitter, Japanese entrepreneur Hiroyuki Nishimura wrote, “Now he had the opportunity to inject himself with a germicide.” In reference to news reported by the media in recent months, he says that Trump suggested injecting Corona patients with pesticides, due to their effectiveness in eliminating the virus.
It is noteworthy that Trump said later that he was mocking when he raised the possibility of using disinfectants and pesticides in treating virus patients.
An economics professor at the University of “Ohio” Masaru Kaniko said that populist leaders such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro “were infected with the emerging kurna virus because they did not take its danger seriously.”
But Paulsonauer and Johnson took the virus seriously after they were infected, and it is possible to ask whether the US President will follow them.
In Australia, the satirical site “Petota Advocaat” published a news item under the title “The Trump family records more community infection cases than the entire state of Queensland.”