President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump also had mild symptoms but were in good spirits after testing positive for COVID-19 according to their early morning announcement on Friday.
Trump and Melania said they tested positive in the early hours of Friday, hours after he returned from fundraising at his New Jersey golf club, where he is believed to have been in contact with at least 100 people. The event raised $ 5 million for his campaign.
Trump may give a televised speech to prove to the nation he can still lead the country, but it hasn’t been announced. He and Melania are under quarantine at the White House residence.
On Friday, Melania tweeted that she had mild symptoms but was feeling fine. Trump has not tweeted since 1 a.m. on Friday when he revealed his diagnosis, and was last seen in person on Thursday evening when he returned from a fundraiser. He was supposed to have a conference call with governors at 12:15 am but was replaced by Vice President Mike Pence. Pence told the governors that Trump asked him to replace him because he was positive but the Vice-President didn’t say much about the state of the president.
Joe Biden, 77, and his wife Jill tested negative. President Trump’s 14-year-old son Barron, Ivanka and Jared Kushner, tested negative, as did Vice President Mike Pence.
Sources told the New York Times that the president was sluggish upon his return from Thursday’s New Jersey event and fell asleep on Air Force One on Wednesday night while returning from a rally in Minnesota, something very unusual for the president who normally spends his time on planes watching TV and tweeting. Air Force One is currently being thoroughly cleaned.
White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said it was safe for the president to attend Thursday’s fundraiser.