Donald Trump hospitalized after COVID-19 infection —live updates
US President Donald Trump has been taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after contracting COVID-19. He has postponed campaign events ahead of the election. Follow DW for the latest.
- President Donald Trump will spend several days at the military hospital
- He and his wife Melania announced they tested positive earlier on Friday
- His election campaign has postponed events
- World leaders have sent their best wishes for a speedy recovery
All updates in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC/GMT)
07:54 Trump’s shock diagnosis has been a huge blow to his reelection effort, triggering a freeze on plans to travel the country in an attempt to catch up with his Democratic rival Joe Biden in the polls.
The Trump campaign has postponed all events involving the president, including a rally in Wisconsin on Saturday and others in western states like Arizona next week.
Rallies are such a key part of the Trump brand that his campaign team is now scrambling to reinvent its strategy.
Biden, meanwhile, is now able to argue that his more cautious approach to Covid-19 had been vindicated.
Also in doubt is the second Trump-Biden debate, scheduled for October 15.
04:34 Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien has also tested positive for the coronavirus.
Campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh confirmed the news on Saturday, which was first reported by Politico.
Politico said Stepien received his diagnosis Friday and is experiencing “mild flu-like symptoms.”
Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, also announced Friday that she had tested positive, joining Trump, the first lady, top aide Hope Hicks and numerous others.
Stepien, who joined Trump at Tuesday’s first presidential debate, plans to quarantine until he recovers.
04:00 Alongside Remdesivir, Trump is being treated with an experimental drug. Read more about it here: What is the experimental drug that Trump is being treated with?
03:47 White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted an update from Trump’s doctor Sean P. Conley. According to the update, Trump has begun taking the antiviral drug Remdesivir after consultation with specialists.
Trump is not requiring any supplemental oxygen, added Conley in the memo, saying that the US president is “resting well.”
03:40 Trump tweeted hours after arrival at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He was transported to the Maryland hospital on Friday after contracting COVID-19. “Going welI, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!” said the president.
03:20 House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted that Trump was “upbeat” and that he “appreciates all the prayers and support from everyone,” after speaking with the president on the telephone.
02:10 Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s 2016 campaign manager, said she too had tested positive for COVID-19. “My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I’m feeling fine. I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians,” Conway tweeted.
Videos circulated on social media showing her daughter Claudia Conway, who has frequently and openly clashed with her mother over Trump, first announcing the news on TikTok.
Fellow Republicans Thom Tillis, senator for North Carolina, and Utah Senator Mike Lee both said Friday that they had tested positive for the virus. Both attended a ceremony for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett at the White House on September 25 with President Donald Trump.
00:47 Hillary Clinton, the Democrat’s 2016 presidential nominee, joined those wishing the president well, following his diagnosis.
“We wish the President and First Lady a speedy recovery, and hope for the safety of the White House staff, the Secret Service, and others putting their lives on the line,” Clinton tweeted.
00:30 Microblogging platform Twitter reminded users that it would remove tweets that wish or hope for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against anyone. Some have used the platform to tweet that they hope the US president dies from the virus after he tested positive.
00:05 “Nobody can yet say what impact the virus will have on Trump, who is 74 and overweight, but it is certain this development will have a disastrous effect on his election campaign,” writes DW’s Washington bureau chief, Ines Pohl. Read the full article here:Reality rears its head in Donald Trump’s coronavirus infection
23:16 Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden tweeted, telling Americans to come together. He earlier used the microblogging platform to tell his followers: “this cannot be a partisan moment.”
Biden earlier used the US president’s diagnosis to tell those living in the US that wearing masks is more important than being a “tough guy.” Trump has been criticized for not encouraging mask-wearing at mass rallies in the run-up to the US presidential election set to take place on November 3.
23:13 Former US President Barack Obama joined public figures wishing Trump well. “Michelle and I hope that the President, First Lady, and all those affected by the coronavirus around the country are getting the care they need and are on the path to a speedy recovery,” he said in a tweet.
“Obviously, we’re in the midst of a big political battle right now, and while there’s a lot at stake, let’s remember that we’re all Americans. We’re all human beings. And we want everyone to be healthy, no matter our party,” the former Democrat president added.
23:05 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un offered his sympathy and “warm greetings” to Trump and his wife, reported state media outlet KNCA.
The leader wished the president a speedy recovery.
22:50 Kayleigh McEnany earlier posted a memo from Trump’s physician Sean P. Conley on Twitter. Trump was “fatigued but in good spirits,” the memo stated.
Trump had received a dose of Regeneron’s polyelonal antibody cocktail, added Conley in the memo. The cocktail being tested by New York-based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. has reported improved symptoms in non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients, with no serious side effects in trials.
22:45 Trump released a video message, shot in the White House, in which he thanks people for their good wishes and says he is doing well. “I am going to Walter Reed hospital. I think I’m doing very well but we are going to make sure things work out,” Trump said.
22:37 The helicopter transporting the US president has arrived at the military hospital.
22:30 Trump is being transported to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland. He walked out of the White House unassisted and wearing a mask to the Marine One helicopter that will take him to the hospital. He gave a thumbs up before boarding.
Trump is being moved “out of an abundance of caution.” He is set to remain at the hospital for “a few days” said White House officials.
22:25 Catch up on the previous day’s developments here: Donald Trump tests positive for COVID-19 — live updates
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