Donald Trump announced the news of their positive test on Twitter, writing: “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” The news has prompted speculation that the upcoming US election could be pushed back – and if he has infected anyone else – in particular Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Mr Trump’s physician Sean Conley released a statement, saying the President and his wife “are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence”.
The statement continued: “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.”
The news comes only days after the President mocked his election opponent Donald Trump in the already infamous televised debate regarding his use of face masks and for not having large campaign rallies like himself.
Mr Trump, 74, is in a high risk category whereas his wife Melania, 50, is not known to be.