President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, he announced early on Friday.
Trump tweeted on Friday morning “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
White House physician Sean Conley issued a statement confirming the diagnosis, saying the president and the first lady were “both well at this time” and planned to remain at the White House during their recovery.
COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has now killed more than 207,000 Americans and more than one million people around the world.
Joe Biden, the former vice president and Trump’s Democratic rival in the November presidential election, said he and his wife “will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family.”
Neither Trump nor Biden wore a mask during the debate, though as a precaution they avoided the traditional pre-debate handshake.
President Donald Trump and former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speak during the first presidential debate at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University on September 29, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Trump administration members have previously tested positive: O’Brien recently recovered from COVID-19, as did Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, who is married to Stephen Miller.
Before his test came back, Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he spends a lot of time with Hicks.
“She did test positive. She is a hard worker, a lot of masks, she wears masks a lot. She tested positive. I just went out with the test, we will see,” he said.
“We spend a lot of time, the first lady just went and got a test also. Whether we quarantine, whether we have, we don’t know.”