Following the first part of US 2020 presidential debate that happened recently, United States President Donald Trump took to his Twitter to confirm that he and First Lady Melania Trump has tested positive for COVID-19.
Trump had tweeted that he and wife Melania have begun quarantining themselves after news that Hope Hicks, a top adviser who travelled with him earlier this week, had tested positive for the virus.
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
White House physician Sean Conley, in a memo released by the White House, said that the president and the first lady were both “well at this time” and planned to remain at the White House while they recover, WJS reported.
“The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions,” Conley wrote.
Over 7.3 million Americans have been infected with COVID-19, with 208k deaths in the country. Trump has allegedly been deemed to be on the side of the ‘no mask’ groups that have protested about the mandatory mask rule in some of the states.
During Wednesday’s presidential debate, Trump mocked democratic candidate Joe Biden for frequently wearing his mask. In the debate, Trump said,
“I put a mask on when I think I need it… I don’t wear masks like him [Biden]. Every time you see him he’s got a mask on. He could be speaking 200 feet away, he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”
Watch that segment of the presidential debate on the effectiveness of face mask below:
Many Americans reacted to news of Trump catching Covid-19, expressing that this is his karma for not taking the pandemic seriously.