Late Thursday evening, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he and his wife, Melania, have both tested positive for COVID-19.
Updates came shortly after from Sean Conley, physician to the President, who wrote, “The President and First Lady are both well at this time. They plan to stay at home within the White House.”
According to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows — who did not wear a mask when meeting with the media this morning — everyone on staff is either quarantining or being tested for coronavirus, or both.
“They remain in good spirits,” said Meadows in a news conference Friday morning. “The president does have mild symptoms.” According to Meadows, the Trump administration discovered the positive test results of senior aide Hope Hicks “as Marine One was taking off” on Thursday morning.
After questioning from media at the White House, Meadows said that the president is very much still functioning and eager to do his job.
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 (@FLOTUS) October 2, 2020
First Lady Melania sent out a thank you tweet this morning, stating that she also has “mild symptoms.”
Many have sent the president and first lady well wishes over social media, including Vice President Mike Pence, opposition Joe Biden, and Oregon and Washington Governors Kate Brown and Jay Inslee.
Karen and I send our love and prayers to our dear friends President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS Melania Trump. We join millions across America praying for their full and swift recovery. God bless you President Trump & our wonderful First Lady Melania.
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) October 2, 2020
Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery. We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 2, 2020
My best wishes to @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS. We face this pandemic as one country. This year, we have learned to live with separation, grief, and ever-present uncertainty. You may ask: What’s next? What can we do? Wear a mask, protect each other, and see this through together.
— Governor Kate Brown (@OregonGovBrown) October 2, 2020
All of us hope that President Trump and the First Lady will have a speedy recovery. The virus does not discriminate based on our politics. We hope everyone will protect their health and the health of those around them, by doing what we know works. Mask up.
— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) October 2, 2020