That hand-lock between Trump and McConnell, though. https://t.co/xFClDYCmdQ
— Daniella Diaz (@DaniellaMicaela) October 16, 2017
Her post on Twitter followed a White House Rose Garden press conference with President Trump and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday afternoon. At the conclusion, as the two climbed the few stairs to reach the colonnade, Trump extended his forearm and hand, which McConnell grabbed for support.
“McConnell is a polio survivor, a reason why stairs can be tricky at times,” CNN’s senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju tweeted. “McConnell often goes up a step at a time, sometimes needs railing for assistance. This time, used Trump for balance.”
Ouch. Hard to imagine someone picked by CNN to cover the White House doesn’t even know the Senate majority leader survived polio.
McConnell has openly talked about it, saying at one point, “When I was a child and my dad was in World War II, I got polio. I recovered, but my family almost went broke.” McConnell was born in 1942 but the polio vaccine wasn’t introduced until 1955. Those lucky enough to survive polio were often left with severe joint pain and progressive weakness in muscles.
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