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Trump, first lady test positive for COVID-19

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/02/20, 03:43 am

In an early Friday post on Twitter, President Donald Trump confirmed he and Melania started their quarantine process at the White House, adding, “We will get through this TOGETHER!” Senior White House aide Hope Hicks, who traveled with him to several functions this week, confirmed her infection hours before the Trumps tested positive. The news comes just a month before the Nov. 3 presidential election.

How will this affect his duties? Dr. Sean Conley, the president’s physician, said Trump will continue his activities without disruption from the White House. The 74-year-old leader canceled plans to attend a fundraiser in Washington and a rally in Florida on Friday. If Trump becomes too ill to lead, Vice President Mike Pence will serve as acting president. Trump told reporters in May, “I felt no vulnerability whatsoever” as White House staff fell sick. Other world leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, have contracted and recovered from the virus.

Dig deeper: Read Dr. Charles Horton’s report on ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus indoors.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  • Steve Shive
    Posted: Fri, 10/02/2020 06:56 am

    I assume they have tested postive as part of the routine testing they have been undergoing. I also am assuming, having heard nothing to the contrary, that they are asymptomatic. This seems to be the most common response to the virus. I hope we receive accurae and helpful updates on how they are doing and not the typical blather.

    Posted: Fri, 10/02/2020 12:00 pm

    As of this morning, they were experiencing "mild symptoms," according to Mark Meadows and a tweet from Melania Trump. 

  • WA
    Posted: Fri, 10/02/2020 10:05 am

    I am surprised this didn't happen sooner, given all the people with whom they have contact. 

  • SamIamHis
    Posted: Fri, 10/02/2020 10:09 am

    As I always do, I pray for President Trump and his family as they walk through this latest event in their lives.  I pray for protection over thier lives, that they will be completely humbled and seek the Lord before all else and that they will serve our country in a manner that brings peace.  I don't make insuations in this prayer but pray this failthfully because it is what is required of me.  

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    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Fri, 10/02/2020 01:15 pm

    Amen! Here's a quorum of two.

  • not silent
    Posted: Fri, 10/02/2020 02:58 pm

    Agreed!  I join you both in prayer for our president.

    Posted: Sun, 10/04/2020 12:22 pm

    Please show your support of our Pres. and our First Lady by sending GET WELL CARDS.

    We sent ours to the White House. Since the germs may be picked up in the mail, it's probably best not to send them to the medical center or hospital.