GOOD Morning Britain viewers were up in arms today as actor DominicWest admitted he "jumped for joy" after hearing Donald Trump's coronavirus diagnosis.
The Affair star, 50, didn't mince his words when host Kate Garraway asked for his views on the American President's shock positive result.
Speaking from his home in Wiltshire, Dominic said: "Well I did slightly leap in the air with joy.
"He said 'it is what it is', and I think the phrase is 'what goes around comes around'. I just hope it doesn't interfere with him being elected out of office that's all."
Kate gave him a chance to clarify his words, suggesting he wished Trump well on a personal level but perhaps felt there was an element of karma after the President downplayed the virus earlier in the year.
But Dominic stood doubled down and continued: "Well there's an element of schadenfreude I suppose. I'm not a fan of his, as you can probably tell, and I just hope Biden stays healthy and gets the presidency as quickly as possible.
"I think Trump is a catastrophe for America and the world."
He added that he hoped the diagnosis would make Trump supporters take the virus more seriously.
Viewers were incensed by his callous assessment, with one writing: "@GMB well GMB having Dominic West on saying what he has shows that any impartiality and integrity you have has gone down the pan. Mr West must watch that karma does not visit him."
Another seethed: "dominic west orgasmic over the trump news #GMB."
A third fumed: "Kate Garraway 'let's talk about something nicer this morning…' Dominic West, describe Trump's karma…' T**t #GMB."
Another asked: "How can @PrincesTrust possibly reconcile having @DominicWest as a patron when he has just expressed such joy about someone catching a deadly virus .. whilst speaking to someone who’s husband almost died!???"
As a fifth raged: "What a bitter a*****le Dominic West is!!! #GMB."
Earlier in the show Dr Hilary Jones said the President was at 90 times more risk of serious consequences or dying from the illness than an 18-year-old, citing his age, sex and weight as factors.
President Trump tested positive for coronavirus along with First Lady Melania – and has vowed: "We will get through this together."
The 74-year-old announced the positive results, hours after it was revealed his top aide tested positive for COVID.
Trump revealed that he and Melania will remain in quarantine – in what could set back his campaign with just 32 days until the presidential election.
"Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19," Trump tweeted on Friday morning.
"We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately.
"We will get through this TOGETHER!" he added.
It comes after Hope Hicks – one of his closest advisers – tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.
Trump wrote: "Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Terrible!
"The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!"
Kayleigh McEnany, the White House Press Secretary, said the "strength of the entire country is with the President".
Hicks' positive diagnosis, which reportedly came on Wednesday, was revealed by reporters on Thursday.
Trump initially said "I don't know" whether he and Melania would quarantine, but later confirmed online that they were doing so.
A prolonged period of quarantine could hamper Trump's re-election campaign with just 32 days to go until the election.
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