President Trump, several top White House aides and Republican lawmakers have tested positive for the coronavirus, — likely restructuring the final weeks of the presidential campaign, the race to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court pick and even the day-to-day workings of the federal government.
In the days before he tested positive for the virus, President Trump kept a busy schedule that included campaign stops, fundraisers, White House events and the first presidential debate against Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Then early Friday came news that Trump and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the virus that has killed more than 208,000 Americans. Before the day was over, Trump was flying to Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland to be treated for mild symptoms of the virus.
“Going well, I think!” the president tweeted from the hospital late Friday, exhibiting his trademark sense of humor. “Thank you to all. LOVE!!!”
But the president was expected to be off the campaign trail until he recovers, leaving the stumping to Vice President Mike Pence and other surrogates.
Biden was also thrown by the president’s diagnosis, pulling attack ads against Trump and striking a more unifying tone after testing negative for the virus.
Trump plans to continue his day-to-day duties from the presidential suite at Walter Reed while he convalesces for the next few days, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said.
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After Trump entered the hospital, news of more positive diagnoses of people close to the president emerged. Those facing troubling news included Kellyanne Conway, until recently the president’s White House counselor, and Bill Stepien, manager of the Trump 2020 Campaign.
Deputy campaign manager Justin Clark will oversee the Trump 2020 headquarters in Arlington, Va., while Stepien works remotely, Fox News