Early on Friday morning, President Donald J. Trump revealed that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the Coronavirus, sending shockwaves across the globe and upending the final stretch of an already volatile presidential campaign. Soon after the announcement, leaders of all political stripes reacted to the news with varying levels of sympathy and well wishes.
On Twitter, Joe Biden was quick to react saying, “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.” According to multiple outlets, the Biden campaign is pulling all of its negative ads and will be going with all positive messages for the time being.
Kamala Harris echoed her running mate’s message with her own post on 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.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 2, 2020
Later in the day, during a virtual fundraiser, Harris expanded on the subject and extended her sympathies once again to the president and his family. “Doug and I are sharing our deepest prayers for the health and recovery of the president and the first lady.” She then used the opportunity to remind voters of the dangers the virus poses to everyone. “The threat of this virus is real for all of us. Let it be a reminder to all of us that we must remain vigilant and take care of ourselves and take care of each other. So Doug and I wish them both well, and please take care of yourselves, and take care of each other.”
Former President Barack Obama was also at the fundraiser and chimed in to offer his own version of well wishes.“Let me start by the way, by just stating that we're in the midst of a big political fight. And we take that very seriously,” said the former president. “We also want to extend our best wishes to the President of the United States, the first lady ... Michelle and I are hopeful that they and others who have been affected by Covid-19 around the country are getting the care that they need, that they are going to be on the path to a speedy recovery.”
Reactions from political leaders across the world poured in on Twitter throughout the day as well.
Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel
Like millions of Israelis, Sara and I are thinking of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump and wish our friends a full and speedy recovery. https://t.co/UcxQpsxBLE
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) October 2, 2020
Boris Johnston, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
My best wishes to President Trump and the First Lady. Hope they both have a speedy recovery from coronavirus.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 2, 2020
Johnson tested positive for the Coronavirus back in March and spent multiple days in the ICU wing of St Thomas hospital. Like Trump, Johnson had previously downplayed the seriousness of the virus.
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 2, 2020
According to Reuters, Vladimir Putin pledged his support during “this difficult time” to Trump via a telegram. “I am certain that your inherent vitality, good spirits and optimism will help you cope with this dangerous virus,” wrote Putin.
Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered a more restrained message through her spokesperson, who quoted her as saying, “I hope that they recover well from their coronavirus infection and are soon completely healthy again.
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