Trotz der Bemühungen des Weißen Hauses, keine Informationen über die Angestellten herauszugeben, wurde eine Geschichte bekannt: die von Sicherheitschef Crede Bailey. Bailey soll sich durch die mangelnden Vorsichtsmaßnahmen an der Pennsylvania Avenue angesteckt haben. Durch Komplikationen von Covid-19 verlor er den rechten Fuß und einen Teil seines Beins. Wie Millionen andere Amerikaner wandten sich Baileys Freunde über die Webseite „GoFundMe“ an die Öffentlichkeit, um Spenden für die hohen Krankheitskosten zu sammeln.
A White House official who fell ill with Covid-19 in September is recovering after three months in the hospital, though he lost his right foot and lower leg in his battle against the virus, according to a friend.
Crede Bailey, the director of the White House security office, was the most severely ill among dozens of Covid-19 cases known to be connected to the White House. Bailey’s family has asked the White House not to publicize his condition, and President Donald Trump has never publicly acknowledged his illness.
Bailey’s friends have raised more than $30,000 for his rehabilitation through a GoFundMe account. The White House declined to say whether Trump has contributed to the effort.
“His family has staggering medical bills from a hospital stay of 2+ months and still counting in the ICU and a long road ahead in rehab before he can go home,” McCrobie wrote Nov. 13, when she created the account. “When he does make it home there will be major changes necessary to deal with his new, and permanent, disability.”
McCrobie did not respond to messages and White House spokespeople declined to comment. Efforts to reach Bailey and multiple members of his family by phone, e-mail and social media have been unsuccessful.
After this story was published, McCrobie updated the GoFundMe page to advise Bailey’s friends to ignore messages from journalists. “Per Crede’s wishes, please let the media tell their story without your input,” she wrote.
Bailey’s office handles credentialing for access to the White House complex and works closely with the U.S. Secret Service on security measures. Bailey was known on the compound as a strong Trump supporter.
When she created the GoFundMe account, McCrobie wrote that “Crede will NOT be happy I’ve done this as he is a proud man who is the first to help everyone else but would never ask for help himself.”
She updated the post Dec. 7 with more details about his condition. He “is blown away by your generosity,” she said to donors.
“His house will need to be renovated to accommodate his disability; ramps to get in/out of the house, the bathroom shower will have to be modified, handrails will have to be installed, etc. etc.,” she wrote.
He’ll also need a new vehicle that can accommodate a wheelchair and that can be modified so the gas pedal can be operated with Bailey’s left leg, she wrote. “I could go on and on but you get the picture – there are a lot of adjustments ahead!”
Crede is a proud man who battled against the virus. He battled. Now his friends ask for donations to help him (he would never ask for himself). This tone is so markedly different from that of the Frankfurter Allgemeine. No pawns, serfs, wage slaves here! There is heroism to be recognized, honor to be had. Bailey was known as a strong Trump supporter. Bailey was known as strong. He is a proud man.