Trump and First Lady Test Positive for Coronavirus, President Said to Show Symptoms

By Anna Breuer on 2 October 2020
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The White House in Washington, D.C.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump both tested positive for the coronavirus.   The dramatic announcement came shortly before 1 a.m. EDT in a tweet.

The president is reportedly displaying mild to moderate symptoms, including lethargy and hoarseness.

The news came swiftly on the heels of a report that top Trump aide Hope Hicks had tested positive for the virus hours earlier. She had accompanied the president on Air Force One several times the previous week.

President Trump, who has minimized the seriousness of the pandemic for months while continuing to hold large rallies without social distancing or a requirement for masks, has himself refused to don a face covering on most occasions. Thursday night, before the news broke, he told an audience that “the end of the pandemic is in sight.”

As a result of the diagnosis, the president will quarantine in the White House for what at press time was an unspecified period.  He will also have to withdraw from the campaign trail with the election only 32 days away.

Vice President Mike Pence, who is next in line in the succession order for the presidency, said he had tested negative.  Should Pence fall ill as well, the next in line would be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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