Commemorative 'Trump Defeats Covid' coin goes on sale
Commemorative ‘Trump Defeats Covid’ coin goes on sale for $100 on White House-themed website after president’s battle with the disease
- Coin with ‘superhero motifs’ is meant to celebrate Trump’s recovery from Covid
- The novelty item is on sale for $100 from the unofficial White House Gift Shop
- Previous coins include souvenirs of Trump’s historic summits with Kim Jong-un
A commemorative ‘Trump Defeats Covid’ coin has gone on sale for $100 after the president’s battle with coronavirus.
The coin with ‘superhero motifs’ is meant to celebrate the president’s ‘ascendance over and personal defeat of the deadly Covid pandemic virus’.
The novelty item advertised by the unofficial White House Gift Shop is part of a series of gifts marking moments in Trump’s first term, including his historic summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
While the store has the White House in its name and traces its origins to a fund created for Secret Service agents by President Truman, the coins are not endorsed by the federal government.
Donald Trump salutes from a White House balcony after he was flown back to the residence from the Walter Reed military hospital on Monday
An advert for the commemorative coin describes it as having ‘superhero motifs’ to mark Trump’s apparent recovery from Covid-19
The coin was priced at $100, but there was no picture of it on the gift shop’s website, with the design intentionally concealed until its release.
That design was inspired by superhero graphic art, according to Anthony Giannini, the creator of the series and CEO of the gift shop.
‘Like it or not, President Donald J. Trump is strong to a mythic level,’ he says in a gushing tribute to the commander-in-chief.
‘When we at WHGS first heard the sad news of President Trump’s positive Covid test, once again we had faith and prayed, yet we knew our President would find a way to knockout Covid in early rounds of his battle.
‘President Trump, as you know, is a fan of boxing, and the new coin design features more than a hint of superhero qualities in history’s most fascinating president.
‘President Trump, whether you are in his corner or not, is – a one-of-a-kind, bigger than life, singular energetic force. President Trump’s energy fills not merely a room, not merely a stadium, but fills – more like occupies – a mythological space.’
According to the website, pre-ordered coins will ship from November 14 – more than a week after election day.
The series of coins includes souvenirs of the North Korea summits – including Trump’s impromptu visit to the DMZ last year – as well as a coin celebrating the creation of the Space Force.
Another coin marked Trump’s decision to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2018.
Previous commemorative coins sold by the website include these items celebrating Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korea’s President Moon last year
Trump shook hands with Kim Jong-un on an impromptu visit to the Demilitarized Zone which divides the two Koreas
There was also a coin celebrating Trump’s two Supreme Court appointments so far, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh – with Amy Coney Barrett poised to follow.
Trump himself hailed his return to the White House as a sign that Americans should not be ‘afraid’ of the virus, which has killed more than 200,000 people in the US.
The remark led to an immediate wave of criticism, as did his stage-managed return to Washington, with a slick campaign video released soon after Marine One landed.
The president’s doctor Sean Conley said on Tuesday that Trump was reporting no symptoms after a ‘restful’ first night back at the White House.
However, Trump appeared to be breathing heavily when he returned, and medics acknowledged on his return from Walter Reed that he may not be ‘entirely out of the woods’.
Trump promised on Tuesday that he would be present for the second debate with Joe Biden, scheduled for October 15 in Miami.
Biden told reporters in Pennsylvania that he was ‘looking forward to being able to debate him’ but said ‘we’re going to have to follow very strict guidelines.’
Elsewhere in the government, the scope of the outbreak was still being uncovered, with another Trump aide, Stephen Miller, testing positive for the disease.
Top military leaders including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, and the vice chairman, General John Hyten, were in quarantine after the vice-commandant of the Coast Guard tested positive.
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