U.S. President Donald Trump said early Friday that he has tested positive for coronavirus along with his wife and one of his closest aides, throwing an already volatile campaign into deeper disarray just one month before the election.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!,” the president said on Twitter, hours after Bloomberg News reported that the adviser, Hope Hicks, had fallen ill with the virus.
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, underwent their routine daily Covid-19 check and tested negative, his press secretary Devin O’Malley tweeted early Friday.
The election campaign of Democrat Joe Biden has focused heavily on Trump’s handling of the coronavirus, which has already killed more than 200,000 Americans and deepened inequalities. Biden and others have criticized Trump’s response as slow and ineffective.
Biden was expected to be tested for the virus on Friday, according to a person familiar with his campaign’s plans. The two shared a stage Tuesday at the presidential debate in Cleveland, where few if any in Trump’s entourage wore masks. Biden’s campaign has not yet made a decision about whether he will travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan on Friday for a scheduled campaign trip.
Trump is able to rest and work in the White House residence, people familiar with the matter said.
The White House already announced that Trump was canceling all public events, including a rally in Florida, on Friday. Normal virus protocols could keep him off the campaign trail at least 10 days and possibly longer at