Win McNamee/Getty Images Donald Trump at Tuesday’s debate
President Donald Trump announced early Friday morning that he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19.
Trump, 74, has long sought to downplay the novel coronavirus in the last seven months, contending at times that the highly contagious respiratory illness is a political “hoax” and just last week saying that it “affects virtually nobody.”
Including the president, the novel coronavirus has infected more than 7.3 million people in the U.S. and has killed at least 207,699, according to a New York Times tracker.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19,” Trump tweeted. “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
White House doctor Sean Conley went on to clarify over the weekend that Trump was first diagnosed Thursday evening.
Here’s everything we know so far. This story will be updated.