Trump y la primera dama Melania dan positivo por coronavirus / Donald Trump tests positive for COVID-19 and will self-isolate for two weeks

Washington.- El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, anunció la madrugada de este viernes que él, y la primera dama, Melania Trump, han dado positivo por coronavirus.

Esta noche, la primera dama y yo hemos dado positivo por COVID-19. Empezaremos nuestro proceso de cuarentena y recuperación de inmediato. ¡Juntos lo superaremos!”, dijo Trump en Twitter.

En un comunicado posterior, el médico presidencial, Sean Conley, detalló que «el presidente y la primera dama están bien en este momento y planean permanecer en su hogar en la Casa Blanca durante la convalecencia».

Melania Trump, precisamente, también dijo que tanto ella como su esposo se encuentran bien.

Como demasiados estadounidenses este año, el presidente y yo estamos en cuarentena en casa tras dar positivo por COVID-19. Nos sentimos bien y yo he pospuesto todos mis compromisos próximos. Por favor, asegúrense de tener cuidado y todos juntos lo superaremos”, afirmó.

Trump y su esposa se hicieron la prueba después de que este jueves se conociese el positivo de una de las más cercas asesoras del mandatario, Hope Hicks.

Hicks, de 31 años, viajó varias veces esta semana a bordo del Air Force One junto a Trump, la última este miércoles a Minesota, donde el mandatario tenía un mitin de campaña. También viajaron juntos el martes a Cleveland (Ohio) para el debate presidencial y el sábado a Pensilvania a otro mitin.


US President Donald Trump and first lady, Melania Trump

Donald Trump tests positive for COVID-19 and will self-isolate for two weeks

US President Donald Trump and first lady, Melania Trump, are in self-isolation after testing positive for coronavirus.

Trump, 74, confirmed in a post on Twitter on Friday morning that he and his wife, 50, were now in isolation for two weeks after one of his aides tested positive for the virus.

He posted: “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately”.

He added: “We will get through this TOGETHER”.

Melania Trump also took to Twitter to confirm the news, saying: “As too many Americans have done this year, @potus; I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19.

“We are feeling good and I have postponed upcoming events. Please be sure you are staying safe; we will get through this together”.

Trump’s aide Hope Hicks, 31, reportedly tested positive for the disease on Thursday. She acts as a counsellor to the president.

She has travelled to numerous events with the president this week, including the first presidential debate against Democratic nominee, former vice-president Joe Biden in Ohio on Tuesday and a campaign rally in Minnesota on Wednesday.

Trump came under fire in September after he admitted he deliberately downplayed how deadly the virus was. The claims were made in a book by Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward after taped interviews with the president.

Trump has been openly sceptical about the benefits of wearing masks, including making remarks at the first presidential debate where he chastised Biden for wearing one. “I don’t wear a mask like him. Every time you see him, he’s got a mask,” he said.

The president’s doctor Sean Conley released a statement on Thursday, saying the Trumps “are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence”.

He added: “The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions.

“Rest assured I expect the president to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments”.

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife were tested negative for the virus on Friday morning, according to his press secretary Devin O’Malley.

“Vice President Pence remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery,” he said.

Under the 25th amendment of the US constitution, Trump could cede the presidency to Pence if he becomes incapacitated.

Leaders have begun sending well wishes to the presidential couple, including the president of the EU Council, Charles Michel.

Posting on Twitter, he said: “Wishing @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS a speedy recovery. #COVIDー19 is a battle we all continue to fight. Everyday. No matter where we live.”

British prime minister Boris Johnson also tweeted: “My best wishes to President Trump and the First Lady. Hope they both have a speedy recovery from coronavirus”.

Trump joins a list of other world leaders who have been infected with COVID-19, including Johnson and Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro.

On Twitter, #TrumpHasCovid was the top trending hashtag on Friday morning, along with the terms “There is a God,” “Karma” and “Hoax”.

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