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Here’s what Repubs and Dems are tweeting about Trump having coronavirus

President Donald J. Trump listens to Vice President Mike Pence. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
October 02, 2020

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19, the president announced early Friday, and the news sparked a fervor of reactions across the country.

“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump tweeted just before 1:00 a.m. EST.

The president and first lady’s positive result came just hours after top Trump aide Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus following time spent with the president several days this week. Trump had announced hours earlier that he and the first lady began quarantining after Hicks’ positive test result.

It is unclear whether Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is undergoing testing or quarantine, as he appeared days earlier near the president in Ohio for the first presidential debate, a 90-minute-long event. Both the president and Biden were positioned apart more than the recommended six-feet social distancing parameters.

Biden tweeted later Friday morning, “Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery. We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family.”

Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, tweeted on Friday, “Doug and I join Joe Biden and Dr. Biden in wishing President Trump and the First Lady a full and speedy recovery. We’re keeping them and the entire Trump family in our thoughts.”

Harris reportedly tested negative for the virus on Friday morning.

If Trump becomes too ill to continue his duties, Vice President Mike Pence will assume those responsibilities. Pence was seen with Trump on Monday, but it is unclear what his testing or quarantine status currently is.

Karen and I send our love and prayers to our dear friends President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS Melania Trump. We join millions across America praying for their full and swift recovery. God bless you President Trump & our wonderful First Lady Melania,” Pence tweeted early Friday.

If both Trump and Pence were to become too ill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the next official in line to assume those duties.

On Friday morning, Nancy Pelosi told CNN that Trump’s virus diagnoses was the result of his not wearing a mask, which she described as a “brazen invitation for the virus,” but did express wishes for the president’s recovery.

“Of course, as with everyone, we all received that news with great sadness. I always pray for the president and his family that they’re safe. I continue to do so more intensified, and I know that he’ll have the best of care, and that’s what we want for everyone in our country,” Pelosi added. “This is tragic. It’s very sad. But it also is something that, again, going into crowds, unmasked and all the rest was sort of a brazen invitation for something like this to happen. Sad that it did, but nonetheless, hopeful that it will be a transition to a saner approach to what this virus is all about.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he spoke with Trump on Friday morning. “Just finished a great phone call with @POTUS. He’s in good spirits and we talked business — especially how impressed Senators are with the qualifications of Judge Barrett. Full steam ahead with the fair, thorough, timely process that the nominee, the Court, & the country deserve,” McConnell tweeted. 

House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff tweeted Friday morning, “Wishing the President, the First Lady, and their staff a speedy recovery. This virus is deadly serious and cases are once again rising across the U.S.  We all need to be careful, be safe and wear masks to protect all of us and save lives.”

Sen. Mitt Romney tweeted, “Ann and I wish the President and First Lady a swift and complete recovery. Our prayers are with them and all the others who have been afflicted with illness.”

Rep. Rashida Tlaib did not express well wishes to the president, but did condemn him on Friday morning. “He still won’t wear a mask. He only cares about himself and his life, NOT those around him or the people he took an oath to protect. Too many lives lost because of his deadly lies,” she said.

Sen. Rand Paul, who successfully beat his own virus diagnoses earlier this year, tweeted, “Get well soon and stay strong! @KelleyAshbyPaul and I are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Sen. Dick Durbin tweeted, “Wishing the President and First Lady a speedy recovery from this dangerous coronavirus.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley tweeted,” Barbara & I regularly pray for @realDonaldTrump & our First Lady as 1 Timothy 2:1-2 tells us to pray for those in authority but 2day we hv additional prayer that they get well soon after testing positive for coronavirus.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has sparred with Trump over coronavirus response efforts, tweeted, “My thoughts are with President Trump and the First Lady and I wish them a full and speedy recovery. This virus is vicious and spreads easily. Wear a mask. Let’s all look out for each other.”

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has also opposed Trump, said, “I am wishing the president and first lady a speedy recovery. COVID-19 is the most dangerous public health crisis America has faced in 100 years. It is still present in our communities. It is still spreading. And people are still dying from it every single day.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has praised Trump’s coronavirus response, tweeted, “.@FLCaseyDeSantis and I send our best wishes for a swift recovery to President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS. Hope to see both of them back in Florida very soon.”

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who was rumored to be a potential running mate for Trump, tweeted, “Bryon and I are praying for President Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, their entire family, and everyone fighting this virus. America is stronger together, and together we will get through this.”