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Trump has ‘mild symptoms’ after testing positive for COVID-19

President Donald J. Trump waves as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)
October 02, 2020

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters on Friday morning that President Donald Trump has experienced “mild symptoms” after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Meadows confirmed Trump’s condition Friday morning. Earlier on Friday, Meadows said President Trump “continues to be not only in good spirits, but very energetic.”

On Friday, First Lady Melania Trump, who also tested positive for coronavirus, tweeted, “Thank you for the love you are sending our way. I have mild symptoms but overall feeling good. I am looking forward to a speedy recovery.”

White House physician Dr. Sean Conley, in a memo Friday, said he expects Trump to “continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering.”

A White House official also told CNBC that some staffers who were in contact with the president have begun working from home on Friday. Trump himself tested positive for COVID-19 after top aide Hope Hicks tested positive on Thursday.

Hicks reportedly traveled with Trump during the Tuesday night presidential debate in Clevland, Ohio and was reportedly quarantined during a flight aboard Air Force One, after showing symptoms following a Trump campaign rally in Minnesota on Wednesday.

Meadows said, “As this virus continues to go on, other people in the White House will certainly have a positive test result, and we’ve got the mitigation plan in place for that.”

Fox News reported that Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, has tested negative for coronavirus as of Friday morning, after standing with the president while he announced her as his choice to fill the Supreme Court seat left open by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

On Friday morning, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted, “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.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) on Friday confirmed he had tested positive for COVID-19. Lee tweeted a copy of a statement, indicating he had experienced symptoms consistent with his long time allergies, but decided to take a coronavirus test out of an abundance of caution, and the results came back positive on Friday. Lee said he took a previous coronavirus test just days before, during a visit to the White House, which came back negative.

“Unlike the test I took just a few days ago while visiting the White House, yesterday’s test came back positive. On advice of the Senate attending physician, I will remain isolated for the next 10 days,” Lee’s statement reads.