After a senior adviser became ill, the president was infected with the coronavirus
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have contracted the novel coronavirus.
The president tweeted late last night that he and his wife both tested positive for COVID-19 after one of his senior counselors, Hope Hicks, contracted the virus.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” the president tweeted.
According to the White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, President Trump is currently experiencing mild symptoms. The First Lady tweeted out this morning that she too is experiencing early symptoms, however she is “looking forward to a speedy recovery.”
The president’s contraction comes after the infection of 7.5 million Americans and the resulting deaths of 213,000.
Due to Trump’s age, there is much cause for concern about his recovery. According to a memo written by his physician, the president and his wife will be under vigilant surveillance. Trump received a precautionary infusion of 8 grams of Regeneron’s polyclonal cocktail and has been taking “zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin, and a daily aspirin.” The letter also revealed that the president is feeling “fatigued but in good spirits.” Trump will continue working within the White House during the remainder of his convalescence.
Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., is currently awaiting a test result after coming in contact with White House staff. He intended to hold an event today with Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle but had to cancel it due to concerns of spreading the virus.
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife have tested negative despite being in close contact with the president and the White House staff. If President Trump were to die from the virus, Pence would be first in line to fulfill the presidential role.
Concerns arose following the recent presidential debate held in Cleveland, Oh. in which Trump and Biden shared a stage. However, former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, also tested negative.
“I’m happy to report that Jill and I have tested negative for COVID,” Biden tweeted, “Thank you everyone for your messages of concern. I hope this serves as a reminder: wear a mask, keep social distance, and wash your hands.”
Biden also sent his regards to President Trump and the First Lady via Twitter and told them he is hoping for a “swift recovery.”
Sen. Kamala Harris, Biden’s running mate, and her husband have both tested negative for COVID-19.
Biden and Harris will be able to press on in their campaign efforts, however the president is currently stunted as he is now inhibited from hosting rallies and events. The Trump campaign may also need to postpone the next presidential debate which was due to occur on Oct. 15 in Utah.
There are only 32 days left to campaign and President Trump’s efforts are temporarily on hold. Biden is leading in the polls by 7.9% according to CNBC and now that Trump is ill, the DOW Futures have tumbled by 445 points, causing a significant rumble in the national economy.
As of now, President Trump is headed to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He is expected to spend a few days there for precautionary measures. He will remain working in the presidential suite, which is properly equipped for his duties.
Updated on Oct. 2 at 2:30 pm.