President Trump revealed early Friday morning that he and the first lady, Melania Trump, had tested positive for the coronavirus, throwing the nation’s leadership into uncertainty and escalating the crisis posed by a pandemic that has already killed more than 207,000 Americans and devastated the economy.
On Thursday, a senior advisor to the president tested positive prompting both the president and first lady to go into self-quarantine pending the results of their own tests.
The US President announced the news on Twitter, saying he and his wife “will get through this TOGETHER!”
White House doctor Sean Conley issued a statement saying Mr Trump would continue to carry out duties “without disruption” despite contracting the virus.
“This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” he said.
“The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.
“The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions.
“Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments.”