Dominic West 'did slightly leap in the air with joy' over Trump's coronavirus diagnosis

Julia Hunt
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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.

Dominic West attending the Colette UK Premiere as part of the BFI London Film Festival at the Cineworld Leicester Square, London.
Dominic West (PA)

“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.’

“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”.

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.

Dominic West at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association press conference for "Les Miserables" held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA on February 2, 2019
Dominic West (PA)

The show is currently filming and the actor said they had managed to get through it with “very rigorous restrictions”.

U.S. President Donald Trump walks towards reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington before his departure for campaign travel to Duluth, Minnesota on September 30, 2020. Photo by Yuri Gripas/Pool/Sipa USA
Donald Trump (Yuri Gripas/Pool/Sipa USA)

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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