Trump tweeted around 1 a.m. Eastern time, “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
On Friday afternoon, The New York Times reported that two people close to the president said that Trump “has a low-grade fever, nasal congestion, and a cough.” Sean P. Conley, the president’s physician released a statement on October 2 with the latest news on the president’s diagnosis. Conley said that Trump “remains fatigued but in good spirits.”
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) October 2, 2020
As for the first lady, Conley said that she “remains well with only a mild cough and headache.”
Earlier on Thursday evening, it was revealed that White House senior advisor Hope Hicks had tested positive for COVID-19. Donald Trump, 74, and Melania Trump, 50 were tested immediately afterward, as Hicks, his close aide, had traveled with the president on Air Force One to and from his debate in Cleveland on Tuesday and his Duluth, Minnesota, rally on Wednesday.
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
Hicks, 31, was showing symptoms of COVID-19, according to The Washington Post, and on Friday, Mark Meadows, the president’s Chief of Staff said that Trump has “mild symptoms.” The first lady also has mild symptoms, though Melania Trump tweeted that they were both “feeling good.” However, there’s a grave worry for the president’s health, as his age and weight automatically make him a high-risk patient.
According to the CDC, “Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications.”
Two people close to Trump told The Washington Post that “he did not show noticeable symptoms although he seemed tired.”
Symptoms may not appear until two to 14 days after being infected with coronavirus, according to the CDC. While scientists are still studying the novel coronavirus, the most common symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, sore throat, congestion, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.
.@cbsnews has learned Hope Hicks tested negative for COVID-19 Wednesday morning, so she boarded AF1. She developed symptoms during the day and received a second test, which came back positive. The White House knew about this Wed evening but Trump still had a fundraiser Thursday.
— Weijia Jiang (@weijia) October 2, 2020
The night before Trump tested positive, the president led a rally in Duluth, Minnesota, where over 3,000 people were in attendance, including Hicks.
Two days earlier, on September 29, Trump debated former Vice President Joe Biden on stage without wearing a mask. During the presidential debate, except for the first lady, none of Trump’s family members wore masks despite the rules requiring them for all guests in attendance.
When Trump was asked during the debate why he doesn’t insist people wear masks to his rallies, “We’ve had no negative effect,” Trump said, “and we’ve had, 35 to 40,000 people at some of these rallies.”
The President’s Physician Says Trump & the First Lady Are ‘Both Well’
Sean P. Conley, the president’s physician, released the following letter after Trump and Melania Trump’s diagnosis was made public:
This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
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 White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions. 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.
After learning of Hicks’ diagnosis, Trump tweeted, “Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!”
MSNBC reporter Kyle Griffin tweeted, “Trump is going to be quarantining and working from the residence. A senior admin official would not tell NBC News whether the president has symptoms.”
Trump Has Canceled All In-Person Events on Friday, October 2
Many people are now wondering how the president plans to proceed with his regular White House duties and 2020 campaign plans. On Thursday night, NBC’s Josh Lederman tweeted, “Just in from the White House: Trump has canceled his in-person events tomorrow. Instead, he’ll hold a ‘phone call on COVID-19 support to vulnerable seniors,’ a group that now ostensibly includes himself.”
As of October 2, there have been more than 212,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States since the end of February.