In a development that has shaken twitter and international media to the core, the US President Donald Trump and the First Lady have both tested positive for the Covid-19 Coronavirus.
The President confirmed the diagnosis on his active twitter account around 1:00 AM US Eastern time this morning.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Tonight, <a href=”https://twitter.com/FLOTUS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@FLOTUS</a> and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href=”https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1311892190680014849?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>October 2, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
Dr. Sean P. Conley, the president’s physician, also confirmed Trump and the first lady’s positive COVID-19 tests.
In a memo issued to reporters around 1 a.m. ET, the President’s physician, Navy Cmdr. Dr. Sean Conley, wrote that he received confirmation of the positive tests on Thursday evening.
“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,” Conley wrote.
“The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions,” Conley continued.
“Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any further developments,” he concluded.
The President had said late Thursday night that he planned to quarantine after one of his closest aides, Hope Hicks, tested positive for the infection.
The President stated that he felt “fine” although it wasn’t immediately clear if he was asymptomatic or suffering any symptoms.
All of the president’s upcoming engagements, which come on the trail to election day for early November, have been postponed.