Washington – US President Donald Trump has tested positive for COVID-19 along with First Lady Melania Trump but is “well” and will continue to perform his duties while quarantined at the White House, said his doctor on Friday.
Trump, who first announced the news of his positive test shortly before on Twitter, wrote: “We will get through this TOGETHER!”
The White House has canceled his planned campaign rally in the crucial swing state of Florida on Friday.
This is just 32 days before the 3 November election against Democrat candidate Joe Biden. Behind the polls, it also looked certain that Trump would have to cancel a slew of other trips scheduled for this weekend and next week.
Trump’s official physician, Sean Conley, said in a statement that the president and his wife “are both well at this time and they plan to remain home at the White House during their convalescence.”
Conley said: “I expect the president to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering.”
The shock news came right after one of the president’s closest advisors, Hope Hicks, was reported Thursday to have come down with the virus.
Hicks had travelled with Trump to Cleveland for his first debate with Biden on Tuesday. She was with him again for a campaign rally in Minnesota on Wednesday.