By Lalit K Jha
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump said on Friday that he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, a development that is likely to affect his hectic election campaign just weeks before the presidential polls.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” 74-year-old Trump tweeted.
In a statement, Trump’s physician Dr Sean Conley said that the President and the First Lady “are both well at this time”, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence. “I expect President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering,” Conley added. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind wished Trump and the first lady a quick recovery. “Wishing my friend @POTUS @realDonald Trump and @FLOTUS a quick recovery and good health,” Modi tweeted.
“Our prayers and best wishes are with you during this time,” Kovind said. The Russian President Vladimir Putin is extending wishes of a speedy recovery to US President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, and expressing “sincere support in this difficult moment,” according to a statement released by the Kremlin on Friday. Trump’s physician said he received confirmation of the positive tests on Thursday evening. “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 said.
Trump’s all engagements outside of the White House were cancelled. Pence and his wife test negative for COVID-19: VICE President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence tested negative for COVID-19 Friday morning. Pompeo says he has tested negative for COVID: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he and his wife have tested negative for the coronavirus after they were examined on their airplane on Friday.