This Friday the White House reported that President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID 19 and is suffering “mild symptoms.” The virus has killed more than 205,000 Americans as it has spread to the far reaches of the nation.
The report came in the form of a Trump tweet at about 1 AM, after he had returned from a political fundraiser. He did not tell the crowd he had been exposed to an aide with the disease.
Latest Update [5:31 PM Washington, DC, USA]: Trump will move to a military medical facility for the next few days as a precautionary official says.
First Lady Melania Trump has also tested positive according to the president. Several others in the White House have tested positive as well. The White House is concerned that the White House staff or even Trump himself might have spread the virus further. However, Trump’s son Barron tested negative, despite living in the White House.
Trump has continuously downplayed the virus’ threat, rarely wearing a mask and urging the cities to reopen. Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris have tested negative, as stated by their campaign. Friday morning Vice President Mike Pence tested negative for the virus, and “remains in good health” as his spokesman said.
Judge Amy Coney Barret, who was with Trump and many others on Saturday has tested negative, the White house said.
Trump’s testing positive for COVID 19 has surely caused some minor unrest in the Washington area, as well as around the nation. Questions have been raised as to how far the virus has spread within the higher levels of the US government. Before the announcement from Trump, the White House tested a top aide who had travelled with Trump during the week. They tested positive.
Thank you for the love you are sending our way. I have mild symptoms but overall feeling good. I am looking forward to a speedy recovery.
— Melania Trump 45 Archived (@FLOTUS45) October 2, 2020
Mark Meadows on Friday attempted to ensure the public that Trump was conduct business as usual. He confirmed that the White House knew Hope Hicks, the aide, tested positive before Trump attended a fundraiser in New Jersey.
“I can tell you in terms of Hope Hicks, we discovered that right as Marine One was taking off yesterday,” Meadows said. Because of this, some staff did not attend on the trip. However, Trump did not cancel. No direct evidence of correlation exists between her illness and Trump’s.