Prayer Energy Needed: President Donald Trump Tests Positive for Coronavirus
In a year filled with bad news, we can hardly even feign shock at the latest hefty dose of it: President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, have tested positive for the coronavirus. The president made the announcement on Twitter Thursday night only hours after news broke that White House adviser Hope Hicks had also tested positive for COVID.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19,” Trump tweeted. “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
In a statement, White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said that neither the president nor the first lady appear to be exhibiting any serious symptoms from the disease.
“This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” said Dr. Conley. “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 professions and institutions,” he 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.”
First Lady Melania Trump also reached out to the public, tweeting: “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.”
So far, the only word we have on staffers and officials close to the president are that Vice President Mike Pence has not announced a positive test and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has officially tested negative for COVID. We assume, at this point, that this means that the vice president is negative, but we’ll have to wait and watch over the weekend to see if that situation changes.
Former White House physician Ronny Jackson, who is apparently still in close contact with the president and his family, tweeted out extra reassurance about Trump’s condition: “Our President and First Lady have tested positive for COVID-19, however, rest assured they are both fine and completely asymptotic. The President is in very good health and has NO comorbidities. Well over 99% of healthy individuals in the President’s age group recover completely and most never even become symptomatic. I fully expect this to be the case with President Trump as well.”
We hope so as well. In the meantime, send the president your most fervent prayer energy that he and his family can get through this as close to unscathed as possible.