"We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately," the President said.
Hours after saying "the end of the pandemic is in sight," President Donald Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, have both been tested positive for the coronavirus. In a tweet that was put up on Friday, October 2, the President revealed that he and Melania would begin their "quarantine and recovery process immediately."
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
The first lady also put out a message on Twitter in which she said, "As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19."
As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 2, 2020
The 74-year-old president was said to be "in good spirits," according to a senior White House official who spoke to CBS News. The official also noted that early detection of the virus "helps to mitigate the situation."
Sean Conley, the physician of Donald Trump, said as quoted by The New York Times, "The president and 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 his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments."
Thank you for the love you are sending our way. I have mild symptoms but overall feeling good. I am looking forward to a speedy recovery.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 2, 2020
There is only about a month left for the people of the country to cast their vote for the leader they want as their next president. And now, with Trump having tested positive and staying under quarantine, campaigning plans from the Republican side would definitely go down a gear. Trump would have to withdraw from campaigning activities for at least a while.
On Friday, October 2, Trump was taken to the Walter Reed Medical Center so that doctors could keep a check on his symptoms; they also started administering the Remdesivir therapy to the president.
An update from Dr. Conley on Friday evening, which was posted on Twitter by White House spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany said, "This afternoon, in consultation with specialists from Walter Reed and John Hopkins University, I recommended movement of the President up to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for further monitoring. This evening I am happy to report that the President is doing very well. He is not requiring any supplemental oxygen, but in consultation with specialists, we have elected to initiate Remdesivir therapy. He has completed his first dose and is resting comfortably."
Stephanie Grisham, who is Melania's chief of staff, told NPR that their son, 14-year-old Barron Trump, tested negative for the virus.
Speaking about how to keep the show running while the president is under quarantine, a White House official said, "From a continuity standpoint — listen, we'll be fine, we'll figure out a way to do it," the official said. "The vice president can step in where he needs to. The president is obviously going to want to be very engaged — and he will be. As you know, he's not one to sit still."
It is likely that other members of the White House staff may have also tested positive as White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said, "I fully expect ... other people in the White House will certainly have a positive test result." A number of the staff members are regularly tested; some of them even have tests conducted every day, including Vice President Pence and his wife, Karen.
Others who have tested positive include former Trump senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, who was tested positive for the virus on the same day as the news of the president and the first lady came out, reported by CBS News. On September 26, an event was held at the Rose Garden where Trump and Conway were both there. After the same event, two Republican senators, Thom Tillis and Mike Lee, also tested positive.