President Donald Trump has tested positive for Covid-19, upending the already tense US election, but was described by his doctor on Friday as feeling “well” and able to perform his duties while quarantining.
Trump, 74, first announced on Twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump, 50, had tested positive.
“We will get through this TOGETHER!” he wrote.
The news detonated a political bombshell a month before election day.
The first immediate consequence was cancelation of a Trump campaign rally meant to take place in Florida later Friday.
Badly behind in the polls against Democratic challenger Joe Biden ahead of November 3, Trump has been using large rallies — where most people go without masks — to try to change the subject from his much criticized response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Just Thursday he said in a speech to a New York charity event: “The end of the pandemic is in sight and next year will be one of the greatest years in the history of our country.”
But now the leader who has repeatedly cast doubt on the seriousness of the virus — despite more than 200,000 Americans already dying — has become the world’s highest profile patient, proving that all the resources of the White House could not prevent the risk.