“Tonight, @FLOTUS (Melania Trump) and I tested positive for Covid-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump tweeted at 1254 a.m on Friday morning.
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately.… https://t.co/CIIB2LDQtr
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 1601614446000
About three hours before that, Trump had tweeted: “Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!”
Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19.… https://t.co/guNmSgcZbV
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 1601606661000
“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 confirmed.
As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19.… https://t.co/lwtgNuHAR1
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) 1601616449000
Thousands of questions, jeers, jibes, jokes, and a few commiserations erupted online and beyond, many centering on the fallout of the November 3 Presidential elections. Self-quarantine means Trump, 74, who had airily waved off criticism of his in-person political rallies dubbed “super-spreader events,” will have to forego that.
There is also the Trump’s personal responsibility (or lack of it) and liability to the extent he may have spread the virus, and how the public — and the electorate — will react to it.
The US President has repeatedly predicted the virus is going to disappear and it will be gone one day like a miracle. He has also ridiculed and challenged pandemic experts and health/medical professionals, saying they were mistaken on the severity of the situation. All this while disdaining masks and social distancing, and urging school and businesses to open.
As recently as Tuesday, Trump mocked his Democratic challenger Joe Biden for wearing the mask all the time and not going out and campaigning.