Germaphobe-In-Chief Makes His Body Guard Carry Around Hand Sanitizer

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“Give me the stuff.”

That’s all President Trump has to say to inform his body guard that he’s desperate for a hit of hand sanitizer, Politico reported. 

As a self-described germaphobe, President Trump’s germ aversion has shown up in colorful ways throughout the first two years of his presidency and is expected to be on display increasingly while he campaigns for a second term.

“If you’re the perpetrator of a cough or of a sneeze or any kind of thing that makes you look sick, you get that look,” a former Trump campaign official told Politico. “You get the scowl. You get the response of — he’ll put a hand up in a gesture of, you should be backing away from him, you should be more considerate and you should extricate yourself from the situation.”

Trump regularly asks Oval Office visitors to wash their hands before entering the room, he’s asked his own military doctor to check on aides he hears coughing and has even ordered his top adviser out of the room — during a video interview with the media — for daring to cough in his presence. Aides are advised to not go near the Oval Office with a cold, according to Politico. Trump doesn’t often initiate handshakes with guests.

Read the full Politico report here. 

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