President Trump: “Melania and I tested positive for COVID-19”
White House physician confirms “convalescence” has begun for president.
Reports about Hicks’ contraction of the virus mention a timeline of her exhibiting mild symptoms on Wednesday while traveling with Trump, followed by a reportedly positive test result Wednesday evening. Later on Thursday, after Trump had already traveled to a fundraiser at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, he described Hicks’ test results. Hours later, he disclosed his own test result.
Reports suggest Trump has been subjected to a rigorous COVID-19 testing regimen throughout 2020, and White House spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany claimed in July that the president is tested “multiple times a day” for the virus. Should Trump’s first positive result have emerged specifically on Thursday, the timeline for his contraction lands approximately five to six days earlier, or September 25-26.
The news follows public scrutiny about Trump’s statements to journalist Bob Woodward in February of this year:
It goes through air, Bob. That’s always tougher than the touch. You know, the touch, you don’t have to touch things. Right? But the air, you just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed. [The coronavirus is] more deadly than… even your strenuous flus.
That stance on COVID-19’s deadliness and infectiousness differed wildly from public statements made by the president and members of his close circle (including son Donald Jr.) in the months that followed, whether on television, at rallies, or on social media platforms.