The president announced just before 1 a.m. on Friday that he and the first lady tested positive for the coronavirus and are beginning quarantine. The president’s physician also said Trump will “continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering.” This comes after Trump’s senior adviser Hope Hicks tested positive for COVID-19.
The White House said on Friday, “The president is not incapacitated. He is actually working from the residence.”
Biden was expected to get tested on Friday morning for COVID-19 following the news of the president’s positive test. This comes just days after the two were on the same stage on Tuesday for the first presidential debate.
In a tweet on Friday morning, Biden and his wife said they are sending “our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery.”
“We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family,” the two added.
Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery. We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 2, 2020
Many took to Twitter after hearing the announcement, drawing mixed reactions.
See some of the reactions below:
Karen and I send our love and prayers to our dear friends President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS Melania Trump. We join millions across America praying for their full and swift recovery. God bless you President Trump & our wonderful First Lady Melania.— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) October 2, 2020
My husband Abraham and I offer our best wishes and aloha to President @realDonaldTrump and the First Lady @FLOTUS and praying for their speedy recovery. We also send our best wishes to Ivanka, Tiffany, Donald Trump Jr., Eric, and Barron during this difficult time. #TrumpHasCovid— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) October 2, 2020
Early this morning, President @realDonaldTrump and First Lady @MelaniaTrump announced that, like many other Americans, they have tested positive for the coronavirus. Please join me in praying especially for them, that they would have a quick recovery.— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) October 2, 2020
Wishing President Trump and the First Lady a full and speedy recovery.— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) October 2, 2020
He failed to protect the country.— George Conway (@gtconway3d) October 2, 2020
He couldn't even protect himself.
Leaders from several countries also offered words of well-wishes:
My best wishes to President Trump and the First Lady. Hope they both have a speedy recovery from coronavirus.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 2, 2020
I wish a speedy recovery to U.S. President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS Melania Trump, who tested positive for COVID-19.— Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (@RTErdogan) October 2, 2020
I sincerely hope that they will overcome the quarantine period without problems and regain their health as soon as possible.
Like millions of Israelis, Sara and I are thinking of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump and wish our friends a full and speedy recovery. https://t.co/UcxQpsxBLE— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) October 2, 2020