Dominic West 'did slightly leap in the air with joy' over Trump's coronavirus diagnosis
Watch: Dominic West responds to Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis on GMB
Actor Dominic West has said he hopes Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis doesn’t interfere with him being voted out of office.
The Wire star, 50, spoke out about the US leader’s diagnosis when he appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
The actor admitted that he “did slightly leap in the air with joy” when he heard the news.
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Trump, and first lady Melania, are in quarantine after the President tweeted they had tested positive for the virus in the early hours of Friday.
“We will get through this TOGETHER!” he added.
Speaking on GMB, British star West said: “He said: ‘It is what it is’, and I think the phrase is, ‘What goes around comes around.’
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
“I just hope it doesn’t interfere with him being elected out of office, that’s all.”
The star also said that there was “an element on schadenfreude”.
“I’m not a fan of his as you probably tell, and I just hope (Joe) Biden stays healthy and gets the presidency as quickly as possible,” he said.
West also referred to the US President as “a catastrophe for America and for the world”.
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— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) October 2, 2020
West is known for playing Jimmy McNulty in crime series The Wire and Noah Solloway in drama The Affair, and for portraying Jean Valjean a mini-series of Les Miserables.
He can next be seen in an adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit Of Love.
The show is currently filming and the actor said they had managed to get through it with “very rigorous restrictions”.
He revealed the cast are tested for the virus every three days, and that “no-one, thank God, touch wood, has had the virus or tested positive”.
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Additional reporting by PA.
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