(RepublicanInformer.com)- Shockwaves were sent across the country and the world early Friday morning when it was revealed that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.
The president made the announcement on Twitter shortly before 1 a.m. on Friday, writing:
“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 First Lady took to Twitter to announce the news and re-assure Americans they were feeling alright. She wrote:
“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.”
The government was on edge since it was revealed Thursday night that Hope Hicks, a closer adviser to the president who spends frequent time with he and the First Lady, tested positive.
Later Friday morning, spokesperson Devin O’Malley released a statement that Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen tested negative. On Twitter, O’Malley wrote:
“As has been routine for months, Vice President Pence is tested for COVID-19 every day. This morning, Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for COVID-19. Vice President Pence remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery.”
The immediate reaction from the political circle in Washington is concern for the president’s health and that of the First Lady. The White House hasn’t released details about whether they are experiencing symptoms as of yet.
While Trump’s physician said the president would continue carrying out his normal duties “without disruption,” there are sure to be changes to normal day-to-day life.
White House physician Dr. Sean P. Conley said Friday:
“The president and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence. Rest assured, I expect the president to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments.”
Much of the president’s planned schedule for Friday has already been cancelled, and it’s likely many of his planned appearances at re-election rallies early next week will be cancelled, too. It’s unclear at this point how long the president and First Lady will remain in isolation.
The question now is whether the coronavirus infections of the Trumps and Hicks will spread to other people. In recent days, the president has had close interactions with Democratic candidate Joe Biden at Tuesday night’s presidential debate. He has also met with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who has then be spending a lot of time on Capitol Hill this week trying to negotiate a stimulus deal with Democrats.
Many in Washington are on high alert now — more so than usual — to ensure that the coronavirus doesn’t upend the inner workings of the government more than it already has.