Trump tweeted just before 1 a.m. EDT Friday: “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
Additionally, the President’s wife, Melania Trump, followed up with a tweet confirming their diagnosis and added: “Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.”
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen tested negative for the virus Friday morning, Devin O’Malley, his press secretary, tweeted.
More than 7 million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and over 200,000 have died from the disease in the U.S.
The New York Times has argued that even if the President does not become seriously ill, the positive test could prove devastating to Mr. Trump’s political fortunes.
Mr. Trump has spent months diminishing the seriousness of the pandemic even as the virus was still ravaging the U.S. and killing about 1,000 more Americans daily.
The President has repeatedly predicted the virus was going to disappear, claimed that it was under control, and often insisted that the country was at the point of getting rid of the disease.
He often second guess scientists, saying they were mistaken on the severity of the situation.
The Readers Bureau
Edited by Jesus Chan
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