President Trump and First Lady Melania test positive for COVID-19
(WASHINGTON) – The White House announced Thursday night that both President Donald and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, Hope Hicks, the former communications director for the White House, has also tested positive.
Vice President Mike Pence announced on Thursday he had met with the President on Tuesday in the Oval Office along with several White House counselors, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. It is possible they were all exposed to the novel coronavirus, but that one or none of them will show signs of COVID in the coming days.
The memo from Dr. Sean Conley, the Physician to the President, announced that the President and First Lady were affected and went on to say: “The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the Whit House during their convalescence. The White House medical team and i will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions.”
Conley added: “Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruptio while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments.”
Trump becomes the most visible world leader affected by COVID-19. Other notable world leaders with exposure to the virus include British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. While each also tested positive for exposure to COVID-19, Johnson’s condition was so bad that he was placed on a respirator prior to his recovery several weeks later.
This is a developing story.