The White House physician, Sean Conley issued a letter confirming the diagnosis and that Trump and Melania”are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House.”
“Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any further developments,” Conley said in a statement.
Trump has been criticising Democratic presidential opponent, Joe Biden’s decision to wear a mask in public.
“I don’t wear masks like him.
“Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away from them and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen,” Trump said during the first presidential debate on Wednesday.
Biden has not yet commented on Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis.
But lawmakers, including those who are outspoken critics of the Trump administration, issued statements of encouragement and criticism after the news.
“I will keep the President and First Lady in my prayers, and I wish them a speedy recovery,” Ted Lieu, a Democratic Representative from California said on Twitter.
Nanette D. Barragn, another House Democrat Representative from California, said she hoped the president “changes his tune and attitude” on the coronavirus.
“If he quickly recovers [and] is symptom free, will he continue to mock those who wear a mask.
“Will he still say (re: deaths) ‘it is what it is’? Or continue to downplay its danger. For his sake and that of our country, I hope not. May the President’s diagnosis result in recovery along with the urgent and science based action our country needs,” Barragn said on Twitter.
Democratic Representative, Jared Huffman of California said on Twitter: “I hope he recovers fully. He needs to face justice.”
Independent Representative, Justin Amash of Michigan offered his “best wishes to the president and first lady on a full recovery, and for the health and well being of their family, White House staff, and those around them.”
A number of Republican leaders and supporters have also reacted to the news. They wished the President and his wife a speedy recovery.
“The strength of the entire country is with President (Trump) and (the first lady) America stands united. Our country stands strong.
“Your President will continue to put the people first,” White House Press Secretary, Kayliegh McEnany tweeted.
Vice President Mike Pence also tweeted, saying: “Karen and I send our love and prayers to our dear friends President (Trump) and Melania Trump. We join millions across America praying for their full and swift recovery. God bless you President Trump & our wonderful First Lady Melania.”
Trump was tested for the coronavirus after White House counselor, Hope Hicks tested positive on Wednesday after becoming symptomatic. Hicks, a member of Trump’s inner circle, was with the president throughout his travels this week, including an Air Force One flight to debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday.
Trump’s scheduled plans for Friday were scrapped; however, he is expected to conduct a scheduled phone call with seniors about the coronavirus in the afternoon.