By SAMARA LYNN, WILLIAM MANSELL and CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News
(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump tweeted early Friday morning that he and first lady Melania Trump have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Trump’s diagnosis came just hours after it was revealed his close adviser, Hope Hicks, had contracted the virus. She was with the president in Cleveland for the debate on Tuesday and for a rally in Minnesota on Wednesday. Sources tell ABC News she is symptomatic.
The president was slated to hold several rallies in battleground states in the coming days, but those are now on hold while he isolates at the White House.
Shortly after Trump announced he and the first lady had tested positive for COVID-19, celebrities, politicians and leaders shared well wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery.
Former Vice President Joe Biden
“Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery. We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family,” Biden tweeted Friday morning.
California Sen. Kamala Harris
Biden’s running mate tweeted well wishes to the president and first lady via Twitter.
“Doug and I join Joe Biden and Dr. Biden in wishing President Trump and the First Lady a full and speedy recovery. We’re keeping them and the entire Trump family in our thoughts,” she wrote.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
“Fran and I join our fellow Ohioans in praying for President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump after they announced early today that they have both tested positive for COVID-19,” the governor tweeted. “Along with millions of others, we extend our prayers and best wishes to the President and First Lady during this time for a speedy recovery and for their good health.”
Evangelist leader Franklin Graham
“Early this morning, President @realDonaldTrump and First Lady @MelaniaTrump announced that, like many other Americans, they have tested positive for the coronavirus. Please join me in praying especially for them, that they would have a quick recovery,” Graham tweeted.
Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler
“Please join me in praying for a full and swift recovery for @realdonaldtrump and @flotus. 🙏🏻”
Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik
“Leaders lead! That’s what they do. Anybody that knows President @realDonaldTrump, knows that he will continue to fight for #AmericaFirst. #Godspeed Mr. President,” he tweeted.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott
May God’s healing powers touch them, strengthen them, and raise them up.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 2, 2020
“Praying for a full and speedy recovery for @POTUS & @FLOTUS,” Rubio tweeted.
Georgia Sen. David Perdue
“Bonnie & I wish President Trump and the First Lady a speedy recovery. Our prayers are with them as they fight this virus,” Perdue said via Twitter.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul
“Get well soon and stay strong! @KelleyAshbyPaul and I are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers,” Paul tweeted.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
“Heidi & I are praying for a full and swift recovery for @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS,” Cruz wrote on twitter.
Florida Sen. Rick Scott
The Florida Republican tweeted: “Ann and I send our well wishes and prayers to @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS during this time and hope for a speedy and safe recovery.”
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar
“I’m sending my thoughts and prayers to the President and First Lady. My family knows firsthand how difficult this disease can be, and no family should have to go through that. We’re wishing them a speedy recovery,” the former Democratic presidential candidate said on twitter.
Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg
Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, tweeted his wishes to the president and first lady for a “full and speedy recovery” Friday morning.
Wishing President Trump and the First Lady a full and speedy recovery.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) October 2, 2020
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
The Democratic governor of Michigan issued a statement Friday morning wishing “the president and first lady a speedy recovery.”
“COVID-19 is the most dangerous public health crisis America has faced in 100 years. It is still present in our communities. It is still spreading. And people are still dying from it every single day,” she added. “This virus doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, a Republican or a Democrat, young or old. No one is immune. Not even the president.”
She called on people to continue to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth, wash their hands with soap and water and maintain six feet of social distancing to help “beat this enemy” of COVID-19 and to remain vigilant.
“My sincere hope is that today’s news will serve as a wakeup call to every single American,” Whitmer added. “Right now all 50 states and the federal government have some kind of declared state of emergency. We are all in this together. Let’s all do our part. Let’s all mask up. And let’s get through this together, as one nation.”
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