I’m not going to get into any particular treatment that he may or may not have. He has mild symptoms, as we look at that the doctor will continue to provide expertise in the residence. He’s in the residence now. Actually, as we look at this, I’m not going to get into the tick-tock. I can tell you, in terms of Hope, Hope Hicks, we discovered that right as the Marine One was taking off yesterday — we actually pulled some of the people that had been traveling and in in close contact. The reason why it was reported out and just frankly, is that we had already started the contact tracing just prior to that event. As you know, last night even in the early hours of this morning, the minute we got a confirmatory test on the president we felt like it was important to get the news out there at that time. And so that’s why we sent out the tweet. We’ve tested all of our core staff, and I can tell you that Mr. Kushner, Mr. Scavino, myself, a number of us have been tested and have come back with negative results, and yet at the same time, 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.
US President Donald Trump has mild symptoms of coronavirus after he and his wife Melania tested positive for the illness, the White House says.
Mr Trump’s chief of staff said the president was “on the job” and “in good spirits”, adding that he expected him to make a quick recovery.
The news comes just over a month before presidential elections, where he will face Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
Other close members of Trump’s family have tested negative.
Officials said the process of tracking all the president’s contacts in recent days was ongoing. adding that Mr Trump was considering how he might address the nation or otherwise communicate with the American people on Friday.
On Thursday, the first couple said they intended to self-isolate after one of Mr Trump’s closest aides, Hope Hicks, tested positive. Soon afterwards they too received positive test results.
Ms Hicks, 31, travelled with Mr Trump on Air Force One to the first presidential TV debate with Mr Biden in Ohio on Tuesday. Some of Mr Trump’s family members who attended the debate were seen not wearing masks.
It has not been confirmed whether Mr Biden is also being tested, or if he will continue his campaign on Friday with a scheduled visit to Michigan. He stood approximately 10ft (3m) away from Mr Trump during the debate.
Mr Trump has mostly spurned mask-wearing and has often been pictured not socially distanced with aides or others during official engagements.
The coronavirus has infected more than 7.2 million Americans, killing more than 200,000 of them.
What do we know about Trump’s condition?
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Mr Trump was experiencing mild symptoms, but that he and Melania were “in good spirits”. He
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump is experiencing mild symptoms after testing positive for the coronavirus, administration officials said on Friday, as the White House and presidential election campaign scrambled to adjust to the bombshell development.
Trump, who has played down the threat of the coronavirus pandemic from the outset, said he and his wife Melania had tested positive for the deadly virus and were going into quarantine. Their son Barron had tested negative, a White House official said.
Trump is not incapacitated and is working in isolation to avoid infecting others, a White House official said. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said the president, 74, was exhibiting mild symptoms. They gave no more details.
“We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump said in a tweet early on Friday morning.
Wall Street tumbled at news of one of the biggest health scares involving an American president for decades, with the S&P 500 plunging more than %1.5 at the opening.
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife tested negative, a Pence spokesman said. The White House official said Pence would work from his own residence several miles from the White House and his staff was being kept separated from Trump’s staff “out of an abundance of caution.”
Pence, 61, a conservative former U.S. lawmaker and Indiana governor, would take over if Trump were to become incapacitated.
The president’s illness upended his re-election campaign with just 31 days left to go until the presidential election. Polls show Trump trailing his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.
Biden said on Twitter that he and his wife Jill wished Trump and the first lady a speedy recovery. “We will continue to pray for the health and