WASHINGTON, OCTOBER 2: US President Donald Trump said early Friday morning that he and the first lady had tested positive for the coronavirus, just 33 days before the election on November 3.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter shortly before 1 a.m. “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
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 said Trump was “well”, adding that the president would stay isolated in the White House for now.
“The president and first lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence,” the physician, Sean P. Conley, said in a statement.
“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,” added Conley.
Trump received the test result after one of his closest advisers, Hope Hicks, tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday.
Playing down the severity of the virus for months, Trump told a political dinner just Thursday night that “the end of the pandemic is in sight.”
Meanwhile, Melania Trump took to Twitter to say that she has postponed all forthcoming engagements.
As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 2, 2020