President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, the president tweeted early Friday morning. It was an earth-shattering announcement mere weeks from Election Day, CBS News reports.
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
The positive tests came just hours after it was reported that Mr. Trump’s top aide Hope Hicks had tested positive for the virus. Mr. Trump said he and the first lady would begin quarantining immediately.
The 74years-old Mr. Trump has at least one underlying condition, placing him at a higher risk for complications, according to Centers for Disease Control guidance.
The White House physician issued a memo confirming the positive tests, and saying the president and first lady were doing well and planned to remain at home.
“Rest assured I expect the president to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments,” wrote Sean Conley, physician to the president.COVID-19
Mr. Trump said he and the first lady would begin quarantining immediately.
“The strength of the entire country is with President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a tweet, adding that Mr. Trump would “continue to put the People first!”
Mr. Trump met with supporters in person earlier on Thursday, and held a rally with supporters in Minnesota on Wednesday night. He was in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday for the first presidential debate.
The announcement could not come at a worse time for Mr. Trump politically, only a handful of weeks out from the election and only two weeks from the next presidential debate against former Vice President Joe Biden.
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
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