He announced this in the early hours of Friday, which is quite a peculiar occurrence coming at a time when the whole world has learned to take measures against the virus. Not to mention that the presidential race towards reelection is in its final lap, and this will probably be a setback to his campaigns.
Nevertheless, the President’s physician Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley, released a memo to the press stating,
“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.
“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 further developments.”
The buildup to the discovery started on Thursday when the President tweeted of his plan to quarantine after one of his closest aides, Hope Hicks, had been tested positive for the virus. Thursday also was then the last time the President was seen as he returned from a fundraising trip to New Jersey. He had not talked to reporters at his return but also didn’t appear ill in any way.
The President and First Lady had the tests, and the physician got the results late Thursday night, leading to his memo being sent to the press early on Friday morning. The President also later confirmed this in his tweets.
The diagnosis is seen to be the gravest known health threat to a sitting American president in decades as Trump, being 74, falls into the category whose infection by the virus can lead to serious complications.