Last Thursday a memo was released by the White House confirming that the President and the First Lady tested positive for Coronavirus. President Trump’s physician, Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley, wrote the confirmation of the positive tests.
Dr. Conley gave a statement that the President and the First Lady are both doing well at this time. They plan to stay at home within the White House as they recover from the virus. The doctor further stated that he and the White House medical team would stay vigilant and appreciates the support by some of the country’s greatest institutions and medical professionals.
Trump’s Physician assured that the White House is being provided with assistance as they go through this moment and that the president will continue to carry out his duties without interruptions. He wrote, “Rest assured, I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any further developments,”
President Trump Broke the News Early Friday
Early Friday, President Trump announced that he and his wife both tested positive for coronavirus. This news is an extraordinary addition month into the global pandemic and during the final stretch of his reelection campaign.
President Trump was last seen in public last Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after he attended a fundraising trip to New Jersey. Although he did not speak to reporters as he walked to the White House, the President did not appear ill or showed any virus symptoms.
Then shortly before 1 am on Friday, Trump tweeted.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. 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 first lady also tweeted that she and her husband are quarantinging at home after testing positive from coronavirus and that they are “feeling good.”
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
President Trump’s coronavirus test results pose an immediate challenge to his campaign against Joe Biden, with barely a month left until the election day.
The President’s Treatment Plan
As of Thursday night, a White House official stated that a treatment plan of the President was still being examined. There is also a possible videotaped statement or a national address from the president to show the people that he is fully functioning and that the government remains uninterrupted.
The White House has yet to release a statement on how long the President and his wife will remain quarantined. But, so far, the Trump campaign has already canceled his plans to fly to Florida on Friday for a scheduled campaign rally.
However, the President kept his plans to conduct a midday telephone call “on COVID-19 support to vulnerable seniors.”
Furthermore, Trump’s physician stated that the President will continue to carry out his duties without disruption, even after testing positive for coronavirus.
Joe Biden Campaign
Meanwhile, the Biden campaign hasn’t released a statement yet whether the Democrat candidate had been tested since attending the debate with President Trump. There is still no immediate comment on whether Biden is also taking any additional safety measures.
Although both candidates appeared at the debate, Trump and Biden stayed about 10 feet apart throughout the 90 minutes event. They also did not shake hands during the debate and observed social distancing measures.
World Leaders Extended Their Best Wishes to the President
This latest diagnosis resulted in what the experts have said as one of the most serious and known health threats to sitting American President in the past few decades. At 74 years old, President Trump falls into the bracket of people who are at high risk for serious complications from the virus that claimed over 200,000 Americans.
In response to the sad news, world leaders extended their best wishes and support to President Trump and the first family. This case was also used as a reminder for their citizens that the threat of the virus is still present. It is still best to observe health protocols such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing.