President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19
Donald Trump was scheduled to address several campaign rallies for the US Presidential polls in the coming days
United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have been tested positive for COVID-19, barely a month before the November 2020 Presidential elections in the country.
President Donald Trump broke the news on Twitter today and said that they will be going into quarantine. He wrote, “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this together!”
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
Donald Trump’s physician Sean Conley released a statement saying that, “I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions.
He informed that President Trump and the First Lady are “both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.”
“Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out duties without disruption while recovering,” Conley said in a statement.
Just a few hours earlier, Donald Trump’s Senior Advisor, Hope Hicks was also tested positive for the Coronavirus. Hicks, due to her position, was in regular close contact with the President and the First Lady.
Donald Trump in an earlier tweet had written, “Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!”
Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
The situation has become uncertain with Trump as a Republican Presidential candidate scheduled to address several campaign rallies in the coming days. The development comes ahead of the second Presidential Debate scheduled to take place on October 15 in Trump’s home state, Florida.
Donald Trump faced Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden on September 29 in Cleveland in the first of the three debates ahead of the November 3 elections. Interestingly, the debate ended in a series of outbursts.
While Biden and the moderator urged the America’s presidential debates commission to announce changes and allow a more orderly debate, the US President Trump and his campaign organisers rejected the idea.
The next two Presidential debates are scheduled to take place on October 15 and October 22 in Florida and Tennessee respectively. However, Trump’s being tested positive has raised a question mark on the events given that Trump will be under a mandatory quarantine period which started today.
As far as Trump’s election campaign rallies are concerned, he was scheduled to address two rallies in Wisconsin state over the weekend despite warnings from his administration over rising cases of COVID-19 in the country.
The United States happens to be the worst affected country from Coronavirus with cases soaring to as high as 74,94,671 in total. Around 2,12, 660 people have lost their lives in the country.