UPDATED 10:30 AM PT – Friday, October 2, 2020
According to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, President Trump is in good spirits after his COVID diagnosis. Meadows spoke to reporters on Friday after having a conversation with the President, whom he confirmed has mild symptoms and is still working hard while in quarantine.
He also discussed White House adviser Hope Hicks’ diagnosis. He stated the Trump administration learned of her diagnosis as President Trump was making his way to Bedminster, New Jersey.
Meadows reiterated White House officials have been tested and continue to maintain social distance.
“I fully expect that as this virus continues to go on, other people in the White House will certainly have a positive test result,” he said. “We’ve got the mitigation plan in place to make sure that the government not only continues to move forward, but the work of the American people continues to move forward.”
White House doctors are monitoring the first couple’s health and will provide updates moving forward. The two will remain at the White House in quarantine, where the President is expected to carry out his duties without disruption during his recovery.
News of President Trump and his wife’s positive coronavirus tests has sent shockwaves across the country, prompting a flood of prayers and concerns. White House officials were among the first to respond.
The President’s assistant, Dan Scavino, took to social media to wish him well. He added President Trump and Melania are “doing great.”
POTUS & FLOTUS are doing GREAT! Here’s to a speedy recovery, with prayers and much love, on behalf of everyone down here in the West Wing! pic.twitter.com/XDUKpTUWkS
— Dan Scavino??? (@DanScavino) October 2, 2020
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent his prayers and reaffirmed the White House is doing everything possible to keep everyone safe. Vice President Mike Pence and White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany also expressed well wishes for the presidential couple.
On social media, Governors Mike DeWine, Greg Abbot, Doug Ducey and others said they are sending prayers from their states.
Along with millions of others, we extend our prayers and best wishes to the President and First Lady during this time for a speedy recovery and for their good health.
— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) October 2, 2020
May God’s healing powers touch them, strengthen them, and raise them up.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 2, 2020
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) October 2, 2020
International leaders also reached out with messages of support. Russian President Vladimir Putin stated he believes President Trump’s stamina and optimism will help him against the coronavirus.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “wishing my friends a quick recovery and good health,” while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu added he and all Israelis “have the President in their thoughts.”
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 2, 2020
Like millions of Israelis, Sara and I are thinking of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump and wish our friends a full and speedy recovery. https://t.co/UcxQpsxBLE
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) October 2, 2020
Later, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel sent their best wishes. They expressed they hope the President and First Lady recover soon.
My best wishes to President Trump and the First Lady. Hope they both have a speedy recovery from coronavirus.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 2, 2020
The presidents of South Korea, Zimbabwe and Pakistan have also sent their support. Polish President Andrzej Duda has said he believes the U.S. will “get through the hardships and succeed in fighting COVID-19.”
— Andrzej Duda (@AndrzejDuda) October 2, 2020