Shortly after midnight Friday, President Donald J. Trump revealed via Twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for Coronavirus. This announcement comes 2 hours after a member of his communications staff, Hope HIcks, announced she was positive for the disease.
Ms. Hicks works closely with the President on his campaign and travels with Trump on Air Force One. Following the discovery of Ms. Hicks’ condition, the President and First Lady were tested and immediately began to self-quarantine. The results of that test were positive and Trump tweeted, “Tonight @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!.”
President Trump has been in the hot seat with the news media and his democratic opponents on his handling of coronavirus pandemic since it first hit the global scene in January. They have criticized every move he has made to combat the illness and accused him of downplaying the deadly nature of the disease to the American people even though he knew the danger. One of his rivals’ biggest criticisms is the large campaign events the President has been holding around the country.
Even though those in charge of the campaign take all necessary precautions at these events (face masks, hand sanitizer, outdoors), the massive size of the crowds and the lack of social distancing seen are big problems for his critics. Trump’s last rally was in Duluth, Minnesota on Wednesday one day after the first Presidential debate with former Vice President Joe Biden in Cleveland, Ohio.
White House officials announced that the Commander-in-Chief has cancelled all engagements, including a campaign rally in Florida, due to the diagnosis.