WASHINGTON — President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are both sick and in quarantine in the White House residence with mild coronavirus symptoms after testing positive for the disease overnight.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters that the pair were in “high spirits” but confirmed that the commander-in-chief was feeling a little under the weather and was being monitored by doctors.
“The president does have mild symptoms and as we look to try to make sure that not only his health and safety and welfare is good, we continue to look at that for all of the American people,” Meadows told reporters of the news.
According to a New York Times report, the president appeared lethargic during a fundraiser at his New Jersey golf resort on Thursday and fell asleep on Air Force One after his Wednesday night rally in Minnesota.
Meadows said the president, 74, would continue to work from home, however, his re-election campaigning has been effectively grounded for the time being in the wake his positive test, with just 37 days until the Nov. 3 election.
“He continues to be not only in good spirits but very energetic,” Meadows said. “We talked a number of times this morning. I got the five or six things that he had tasked me to do, like I do every single morning.”
In a tweet, the first lady confirmed she is also sick but looked forward to making a full recovery.
“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,” she told her 15 million followers.
Other members of the family, including their son Barron Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump, all tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday.
GOP lawmakers who spoke to the president on Friday morning said he sounded upbeat during phone calls where he pushed Republicans to continue processing his nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted before 11 a.m., “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.”
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