- White House Physician Sean Conley released a memo early Friday morning confirming President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19, but he did not specify whether the president is symptomatic.
- “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 wrote.
- Under the 25th amendment, the president has to submit a “written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” to transfer power to the vice president.
- Hope Hicks, the senior White House aide who tested positive for the virus yesterday, is symptomatic, according to CNN and multiple news outlets.
- Several of the president’s upcoming events were removed from his White House schedule for Friday after Trump broke the news he had COVID, and First Lady Melania Trump tweeted that she has “postponed all upcoming engagements.”
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A memorandum from White House Physician Sean Conley released early Friday morning described President Donald Trump as feeling “well” following his positive test result for COVID-19, but it did not specify whether the president is symptomatic.
“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 wrote.
The official memo from the president’s physician, Sean Conley, announcing Trump’s covid-19 diagnosis pic.twitter.com/2wYS0DNDkg
— Tom LoBianco (@tomlobianco) October 2, 2020
Conley also confirmed that the 74-year old president and First Lady Melania Trump are quarantining.
“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,” Conley wrote.
Several of Trump’s upcoming events for Friday were also removed from his schedule, with the White House releasing an updated version shortly after his tweet announcing the positive test result. Gone from the president’s calendar is a morning intelligence briefing, a trip to his Washington DC hotel for a roundtable with supporters and a later afternoon campaign trip to Sanford, Florida.
Trump, however, still does have a scheduled phone call at 12:15 pm to discuss COVID-19 with vulnerable seniors.
President Trump’s schedule has been scrubbed of all events tomorrow except a call on coronavirus support with vulnerable seniors. pic.twitter.com/HKh2ays2Mp
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) October 2, 2020
Melania Trump also tweeted that her upcoming events will be postponed.
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.
— Melania Trump 45 Archived (@FLOTUS45) October 2, 2020
Vice President Mike Pence tweeted a statement right before 2 a.m. on Friday.
Karen and I send our love and prayers to our dear friends President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS Melania Trump. We join millions across America praying for their full and swift recovery. God bless you President Trump & our wonderful First Lady Melania.
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) October 2, 2020
Under the 25th Amendment, Trump would transfer power over to Pence if he were incapacitated or unable to perform his duties as president.
“Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President,” Section III of the amendment reads.
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