In the very early morning hours of October 2nd 2020, Donald Trump tweeted that both he and the U.S. First Lady, Melania Trump, had in fact tested positive for the Coronavirus. According to NBC News, the national security of the country, its domestic policy, and other issues will no doubt be impacted since the U.S. Commander-in-Chief has now contracted the deadly disease that has taken hundreds of thousands of lives across the nation since February of 2020.
According to The Military Times, Trump was taken to Walter Reed Military Hospital, which is not a long helicopter ride from the White House. The report indicates that he will continue to do his duties as President from that location as the virus that’s killed over 210,000 people now has invaded the body of the man holding the nation’s highest office.
“We will begin our quarantine process immediately,” he tweeted at around 1:00 a.m.
Trump of course has denied that the coronavirus is such a serious issue over the past several months. He has also been passive about the death toll from the disease, saying in one HBO Axios interview in reference to the number of people across America who have died from COVID-19, “It is what it is…”
But, now that he and his wife have contracted the disease, he seems to be following the correct medical protocol. “I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support,” he said in a video right before being airlifted to the military hospital. “I’m going to Walter Reed Hospital, I think I’m doing very well, but we are going to make sure that things work out. The First Lady is doing very well. So thank you very much, I appreciate it, and I’ll never forget it.”
Joe Biden’s Reaction to Trump Getting Coronavirus
After getting the news, The White House is on a frantic hunt to find out who Trump has been in contact with lately, and are trying to be sure that they develop that list and get those people quarantined as well. Potential people outside of the residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, DC who he has been in close proximity to are also currently being tested.
Presidential hopeful Joe Biden made comments after the news that Trump had acquired COVID-19 spread quickly across media outlets nationwide. “My wife Jill and I pray that they will make a quick and full recovery,” he said shortly after the former Vice-President took a Coronavirus test that came up negative. “This is not a matter of politics. It’s a bracing reminder to all of us that we have to take this virus seriously. It’s not going away automatically. We have to do our part to be responsible.”
Biden also is reportedly removing the attack ads from his campaign after hearing that Trump had been diagnosed with the virus.
The news of Trump contracting COVID-19, which has infected over seven million Americans at this point, came just a few days after he and Biden had their very first Presidential Debate, one where the way that the President yelled could have possibly infected Biden. The fact that the current sitting president has the disease will have a major effect on future debates, and all this is happening with Election Day only about a month away.
Trump’s Current Condition After Being Infected With COVID-19
The New York Times reported that Trump was suffering from a fever, and had some congestion and coughing while going under constant tests at Walter Reed Military Hospital. He received an antibody treatment that is supposed to boost his immune system.
Trump is 74-years-old, and the Coronavirus has a stronger effect on people his age. Also, when a mask is not worn, a person will breath in a much more concentrated form of the virus. Trump has held huge rallies over the past several months where there was hardly any social distancing or masks being worn. His health will be a major area of focus over the next several weeks.
The U.S. government is not ignoring the possibility that if Trump cannot perform his duties due to incapacitation, that Presidential power, according to the 25th Amendment, would go to the Vice-President, Mike Pence, who has currently tested negative for the disease.