Two days after making fun of former Vice President Joe Biden for wearing his mask at the first presidential debate, Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump have revealed that they have tested positive for COVID-19, joining the 43,000 Americans who were diagnosed with the respiratory disease on Thursday, October 1, 2020.
At the debate, Chris Wallace asked the president about his feelings about wearing a mask.
He replied, “You have to understand …I have a mask here. I put a mask on, you know, when I think I need it. Tonight is an example … everybody’s had a test … and you’ve had social distancing … and all of the things that you have to do. But I wear masks when needed. I don’t wear a mask like him. Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away from and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”
The president tweeted the confirmation to the world early Friday morning.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” he tweeted.
The FLOTUS echoed his sentiment in a tweet also, “As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.”
As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.
— Melania Trump 45 Archived (@FLOTUS45) October 2, 2020
The president has several pre-existing conditions. He is obese and up in age. At 74, the senior citizen was the oldest president to ever be elected — and with that, the medical world has grave concern.
There is no clear way to trace where he might have gotten exposed to the virus. One of his senior advisors, Hope Hicks, tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday also. However, the president has hosted several events with crowds with few people masked up. In fact, a week ago he hosted a celebration for his new Supreme Court justice choice at the White House Rose Garden. He has also hosted rallies throughout the year where many of the crowds were shoulder to shoulder, but not masked with any protective gear. He has even discouraged people from wearing the mask.
While the Democratic presidential candidate has not responded to the news of his opponent yet, earlier he posted the following.
“Donald Trump will do everything he can to distract from the fact that because of his failed COVID-19 response: – Over 200,000 Americans have died – 26 million are on unemployment – 1 in 6 small businesses risk permanent closure. We can’t let him.”
Now, he is among the numbers of those infected.