President Trump and first lady test positive for COVID-19, VP Pence tests negative
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has tweeted that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Trump’s positive test comes just hours after the White House announced that senior aide Hope Hicks came down with the virus after traveling with the president several times this week.
Trump is 74 years old, putting him at higher risk of serious complications from a virus that has now killed more than putting him at higher risk of serious complications from a virus that has now killed more than 205,000 people nationwide.
In a memorandum, the president’s physician said that the president and first lady “are both well at this time” and “plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.”
Dr. Sean Conley, also says the president will continue carrying out his duties “without disruption” after contracting the coronavirus.
President Trump has canceled plans to attend a fundraiser and to fly to Florida for a rally on Friday, but he did keep on his schedule a previously planned midday telephone call “on COVID-19 support to vulnerable seniors.”
Vice President Mike Pence says he and his wife, Karen, are sending their “love and prayers” to President Donald Trump and Melania. Pence says on Twitter, “We join millions across America praying for their full and swift recovery.”
Pence and second lady Karen Pence tested negative for COVID-19 Friday morning, hours after President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Spokesman Devin O’Malley says Pence “remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery.”
Pence is tested every day for the virus, O’Malley confirmed.