President Trump says he and first lady have COVID-19
Vice President Pence has tested negative for C-19
President Trump said early Friday morning that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19.
The announcement that Trump, 74, and his wife have the virus and will quarantine comes in the homestretch of the presidential race, throwing uncertainty into Trump’s reelection effort against Democratic challenger Joe Biden with just 33 days remaining before the Nov. 3 election.
It also followed news reports late Thursday that White House adviser Hope Hicks had tested positive – immediately raising concerns about whether the president had been exposed.
Trump made the announcement on Twitter at 12:54 a.m. ET.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately,” he posted. “We will get through this TOGETHER!”
The White House just after midnight Friday issued a revised scheduled in which Trump’s planned trip to Florida later in the day was no longer on the agenda. However, the full impact of Trump testing positive and having to quarantine during his reelection effort remains unclear.
Vice President Pence has tested negative for the virus, according to news reports Friday morning. The Biden campaign has so far yet to respond to the news.
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 president’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, issued an official memorandum late Thursday in which he wrote (PDF below) that the president and his wife had tested positive for the SARS-CoV- 2 virus and were “both well at this time.”
He also said he expects the president to “continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering.”
Trump on Thursday evening before reports about him testing positive did a live phone interview on Fox News’ “Hannity” show in which he gave no indication of being sick. He acknowledged on the show that Hicks had tested positive. She reportedly felt sick on a return flight from a campaign stop in Minnesota.
Despite having the best medical care possible, the president’s infection is a serious health issue, considering that eight out of every 10 virus-related deaths in the U.S. are among those 65 and older.
More than 7 million people in the U.S. have a confirmed case of the virus, and more than 200,000 have died as a result of the virus, according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard.
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