LONDON — Some pointed to the irony of it. Others supplied effectively needs. Various mentioned it was simply deserts.
From London to Rome to Nairobi, the revelation on Friday that President Trump had examined constructive for the coronavirus was met with a mixture of shock and unease, at the same time as some noticed it as a comeuppance.
Many identified that Mr. Trump had contracted the virus after disregarding well being protocols and downplaying the pandemic whereas it ran rampant in america. Others famous his dismissal of scientific advice about the pandemic, which has been core to his messaging across the virus.
“I’m sorry, however he deserved it,” mentioned Vincenzo Altobelli, 27, an engineer from Milan who was visiting his brother in central Rome. His brother, Cuono Altobelli, a monetary analyst who joined him for an after-breakfast stroll, agreed.
“He saved sending the message that coronavirus was not a critical factor,” he mentioned. “In case you sow wind, you may solely reap a tempest.”
The French newspaper Le Monde printed a cartoon depicting President Trump sitting in a nook of a boxing ring, unmasked, together with his opponent within the reverse nook — the coronavirus. Outdoors the ring, his Democratic challenger within the presidential marketing campaign, Joseph R. Biden Jr., was carrying a masks with arms folded.
Many Twitter customers world wide made some extent of mocking President Trump’s suggestion in April that injecting or ingesting a disinfectant might aid in combating the virus.
Others had been extra sympathetic to the president’s plight.
In Berlin, Frank Wortmann, 49, mentioned he was shocked concerning the outcome and wished the president effectively.
“It goes to point out you it might probably get anybody, from the president of america on down,” he mentioned.
In Kenya as in a lot of the world, the hashtag #TrumpHasCovid was the highest trending matter on Twitter.
Patrick Gathara, 48, a Kenyan political commentator, mentioned that whereas there was an instantaneous response from many who the president was someway deserving of the virus, he wished to give attention to a extra humane response.
“Trump will get a little bit of lashing and a few folks may even have a good time,” he mentioned. “I don’t assume it needs to be celebrated, however he could be deserving if folks got here out and reminded him that he introduced this unto himself, that he ignored science and scientists.”
He mentioned he hoped the president and his advisers would study from the ordeal.
“Does this imply the U.S. adjustments the way it handles the virus?” he requested. “What do they do to study from this? Or does it develop into one other factor that occurred, and so they don’t study a lot from it?”
Danielle Van Elewyck, a 62-year-old pharmacist in Brussels, mentioned it was onerous for her as a European to grasp Trump’s mentality, particularly considering the dearth of common well being care in america.
“I don’t assume it’s regular. However this is the reason the conditions in Europe and america are incomparable,” she mentioned. “Possibly folks there have a unique strategy to these issues.”
Some frightened that the president’s an infection may sow concern within the American public and upend the campaign forward of an already fraught presidential election marketing campaign.
“That’s not what we wanted proper now,” mentioned Giulio Livoni, a 53 year-old-lawyer in central Rome. “He has a marketing campaign to do, and we actually want america to be in fine condition in the mean time.”
In Brussels, Marie-Pierre Chapuis, a 45-year-old researcher for an organization that produced face masks, additionally mentioned she felt it may very well be a studying expertise for Mr. Trump.
“If he has gentle signs, he’ll in all probability proceed saying that this virus is nothing. If he will get critically sick — which after all I don’t want for anybody — possibly he’ll change his views and notice Covid-19 shouldn’t be a joke,” mentioned Ms. Chapuis as she was strolling down a road within the Belgian capital.
But Ms. Fen mentioned she doubted Mr. Trump’s an infection would make him change his response to the coronavirus, “as a result of his pleasure is simply too huge for that,” she mentioned.
“Good luck to him, nonetheless,” she added.
Christopher F. Schuetze contributed reporting from Berlin, Emma Bubola from Rome, Abdi Latif Dahir from Nairobi, Anna Joyce from Kilkenny, Eire, Elian Peltier from London, Monika Pronczuk from Brussels, Kareem Chehayeb from Beirut, Lebanon, and Antonella Francini and Fixed Méheut from Paris.