Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden extended his well wishes to President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump after they tested positive for the coronavirus and will reportedly get tested himself after sharing a debate stage with the president on Tuesday.
“Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery,” Biden tweeted Friday morning. “We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family.”
Biden and Trump debated in person for the first time on Tuesday night in Cleveland, though the two didn’t shake hands and were standing far apart. Neither candidate wore a mask during the 90-minute debate.
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Biden’s wife, Jill, and the former vice president’s staffers in attendance at the debate wore masks, while Trump’s family members went maskless during the event. The Democratic nominee will be tested for the virus on Friday, according to multiple reports. Biden has previously said he’s been tested for the virus and would get regular tests.
Since news of the Trumps’ and senior aide Hope Hicks’ diagnoses, questions have emerged over who else in Trump’s inner circle or any other top elected officials may have come into contact with them or been affected.
On Friday morning, a spokesman for Vice President Mike Pence confirmed that the vice president and second lady Karen Pence tested negative. Other top White House aides and elected officials will reportedly be tested for the virus – even if they haven’t had close contact with the president in recent days out of an abundance of caution.