“Tonight, the first lady of the United States and I passed tests for coronavirus, the result of which was positive. We will immediately begin our quarantine and recovery process. We will get through this together!” he tweeted.
Eleven minutes later, the White House released a statement from the President’s doctor, Sean Conley, who confirmed that Trump and his wife had been diagnosed with coronavirus.
Conley expressed hope that the 74-year-old head of state will continue to perform his duties during the recovery period.
“The President and first lady are doing well at the moment, and they plan to stay at home – within the White House – while they recover. Rest assured, I expect the President to continue to carry out his duties without interruption. I will keep you updated,” he added.
Melania Trump tweeted at 01.27 am: “Like many Americans this year, the President and I are at home In quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. We’re feeling good, and I’ve postponed all my scheduled appointments. Please try to follow the security measures, and we will all overcome 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
According to the White House, all Trump’s political events are canceled for the near future.
The news of the President’s illness, which has stirred financial markets, may also affect the election campaign.
Trump passed the test after his assistant Hope Hicks, who accompanied the President in recent days, became infected. She went with him to Pennsylvania on Sunday, to Cleveland on Tuesday for a debate, and to Minnesota on Wednesday for campaign events.
Hicks developed symptoms Wednesday night during a rally in Duluth, Minnesota, and tested positive Thursday morning, according to anonymous sources.
However, on Thursday, Trump and several senior officials flew to New Jersey for a fundraising event, where he contacted dozens of other people.