President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19 late Thursday and began quarantining in the residence of the White House.
Late Friday, the president was moved to Walter Reed, a military hospital in Maryland, for further testing. The president was seen walking as he boarded Marine One to be airlifted to the hospital.
The president’s doctor Thursday said in a memo that the president and the first lady were both “doing well” and that he expects the president to continue his duties “without disruption.”
Memo here from the president’s doctor. Says the president and first lady are recovering at home. “Both are well at this time” and he expects Trump to continue executing his duties without disruption. pic.twitter.com/tQiNmHY0yb
— Will Kenneally (@willkenneally) October 2, 2020
A bipartisan outpouring of support came from Wisconsin’s elected officials.
“My prayers are with the President and First Lady, with the families who have suffered at the hands of this virus, and with the families who have lost someone to coronavirus,” U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Janesville, wrote. “I remain committed to defeating this virus and protecting our health.”
“My thoughts are with [the president] and the First Lady. I hope for a speedy recovery,” said U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison.
“This should show the nation the need to take Covid-19 seriously, and that means wearing a mask and properly social distancing,” he added. “Ignorance or arrogance or denial can be costly.”
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) October 2, 2020
Wisconsin reported a record 2,887 new #COVID19 cases yesterday and now President Trump and the First Lady have tested positive. I wish them and everyone affected a quick recovery, and I hope that we will all do our part to stop the spread of this deadly virus and help save lives.
— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) October 2, 2020
The president was scheduled to make a campaign stop in Green Bay and Janesville on Saturday, two events that were cancelled as Trump remains in quarantine while he recovers.
The Wisconsin State Journal confirmed Friday that the air restrictions around the Green Bay and Janesville airports—put in place to allow Air Force One to land—have been lifted.
This comes after Hope Hicks, a top White House advisor, tested positive for the virus Thursday. The vice president and second lady both tested negative for the virus Friday.
In reporting Friday morning, the New York Times reported the president is experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms.
This story was updated Friday evening to include the president moving to Walter Reed.
Tawni and I are keeping the President, the First Lady, & those at the White House who have tested positive for COVID-19 in our thoughts and prayers. We’re wishing them a speedy recovery.
— Rep. Ron Kind (@RepRonKind) October 2, 2020
— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) October 2, 2020
— Speaker Robin Vos (@SpeakerVos) October 2, 2020
Kathy and I are sending our best wishes to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in their recovery.
— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) October 2, 2020