A White House official told the Associated Press that the president was experiencing mild symptoms and is working from the White House residence.
The couple’s 14-year-old son Barron, who lives at the White House, has tested negative, as had Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, whom Trump debated on Tuesday evening.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19,” POTUS announced on Twitter late Thursday. “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
In her own tweet, Melania Trump added, “We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.”
As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 2, 2020
The news comes after Trump spent much of the past year downplaying the severity of COVID-19. At Tuesday’s presidential debate, he mocked rival Joe Biden for wearing a mask as often as he does. To date, COVID-19 has killed more than 205,000 people nationwide.
Update (10 am): Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence have tested negative for COVID-19, the veep’s press secretary tweeted on Friday morning. RNC chair Ronna McDaniel, however, tested positive on Wednesday, the New York Times reported.
Earlier Thursday, the White House confirmed that senior Trump advisor Hope Hicks, who has traveled with her boss throughout the week, tested positive for coronavirus. During an interview with Sean Hannity, Trump suggested that Hicks contacted the virus from a member of the military or law enforcement.
“[Hope is] fantastic and she’s done a great job, but it’s very, very hard when you are with people from the military or with law enforcement,” Trump said. “They come over to you and they want to hug you and they want to kiss you because we really have done a good job for them. You get close, and things happen.”
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 2, 2020