President Trump has been experiencing mild symptoms after he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19, according to a top aide.
Chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters Friday morning outside of the White House that Trump has “mild symptoms” but remains “energetic” and in “good spirits.”
The White House aide also said doctors are continually monitoring the health of the president and the first lady. Meadows added that the president remains on the job and is working from the White House residence.
After saying they spoke multiple times, Meadows said, “I got the five or six things that he had tasked me to do, like I do every single morning.”
Meadows noted that as contact tracing is carried out, more people at the White House will invariably test positive for COVID-19. He also said there is a plan in place to ensure continuity of government.
“I fully expect that as this virus continues to go on, other people in the White House will certainly have a positive test result, and we’ve got the mitigation plan in place to make sure that the government not only continues to move forward, but the work of the American people continues to move forward,” Meadows told reporters.
Melania Trump also confirmed on Friday that she has “mild symptoms.”
“Thank you for the love you are sending our way. I have mild symptoms but overall feeling good. I am looking forward to a speedy recovery,” she tweeted.
Thank you for the love you are sending our way. I have mild symptoms but overall feeling good. I am looking forward to a speedy recovery.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 2, 2020
Maggie Haberman, the White House correspondent for the New York Times, cited two people with knowledge of Trump’s condition to report earlier Friday morning that the president appeared “lethargic” during a Thursday fundraiser at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club. One of the fundraiser attendees said some 100 people came in contact with Trump. Another person said the president fell asleep on Air Force One for a bit on Wednesday night while flying back from a Minnesota rally.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Friday morning on Fox Business that he spoke with Trump on Thursday night.
“He didn’t sound bad at all after a long day, but whatever, we are all praying for him, we are all praying for the first lady, we are all praying for our dear friend Hope Hicks, and so forth,” Kudlow said.
“I have been told secondhand that his situation is light on the virus. I can’t confirm that upfront. I’m not a doctor, and I’m not a healthcare scientist,” he continued. “I think and hope they’ll be OK. He’s a strong man. You know that he’s a very strong man, and so is the first lady.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted just before 11 a.m. that he had just spoken to Trump on the phone about Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
“Just finished a great phone call with @POTUS. He’s in good spirits and we talked business — especially how impressed Senators are with the qualifications of Judge Barrett. Full steam ahead with the fair, thorough, timely process that the nominee, the Court, & the country deserve,” the Kentucky Republican tweeted.
News of the president’s diagnosis broke in the early hours of Friday morning. He tweeted out confirmation that he and Melania Trump indeed tested positive for COVID-19 at about 1 a.m.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump said.
Trump’s disclosure about the positive test came just hours after news broke that Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director-turned-presidential adviser, had contracted the virus. Other White House figures and other people in Trump’s orbit are getting tested on Friday.
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, have tested negative for COVID-19.
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