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Ohio Gov. DeWine makes Sunday ‘Day of Prayer’ for President Trump, first lady amid COVID-19 diagnoses

Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted have issued a proclamation declaring Sunday, Oct. 4 a ‘Day of Prayer’ for President Trump and first lady Melania Trump, who both recently tested positive for the COVID-19.

DeWine said in the order that Ohioans have “long turned to prayer during difficult and trying times as a source of strength and comfort.” He also said the special day was aimed at all those suffering from or impacted by the disease.

According to the Ohio Department of Health’s latest update on Saturday, there are more than 148,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 4,600 related deaths in the state.


President Trump announced on Friday that both he and the first lady tested positive for COVID-19.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on stage at the end of the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on stage at the end of the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

“We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately,” Trump tweeted. “We will get through this together!”

The announcement came following a fundraiser in New Jersey, in which multiple people may have been potentially exposed.

Trump was moved to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center later Friday after suffering symptoms that the White House described as mild. Melania Trump, meanwhile, was described as “doing great” on Saturday by the medical team.


Trump’s main doctor said in a health update that the medical team treating the president is “cautiously optimistic,” but also notes that the president is “not yet out of the woods.”

The latest assessment came Saturday night from Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley. He reported that Trump had been up and around at his medical suite during the day and had been conducting business.

In a video, the president also thanked the American people for their outpouring of support.


In addition to the president and first lady, senior White House aide Hope Hicks, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, and Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Thom Tillis, R-N.C. and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., have all tested positive for COVID-19 as well.

There are more than 7.3 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States and more than 209,000 related deaths, according to the latest update by Johns Hopkins University


Fox News’ Adam Shaw, John Roberts, Brooke Singman, Bryan Boughton and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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World leaders react after President Trump and first lady test positive for coronavirus

The president and first lady are now in isolation.

LONDON — World leaders expressed their hope for a swift recovery for President Donald Trump after he announced that he and the first lady tested positive for COVID-19 overnight.

The president is now in isolation and is in the “recovery process,” just hours after one of Trump’s closest advisers, Hope Hicks, also tested positive.

Among the first world leaders to react to the diagnosis were the prime ministers of India and Pakistan, Narendra Modi and Imran Khan.

“Wishing my friend @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS a quick recovery and good health,” Modi posted on Twitter.

Khan also wished the president and first lady a “speedy recovery,” and those sentiments were echoed by others around the world.

The U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was previously hospitalized with COVID-19 and spent time in the ICU before recovering, tweeted: “My best wishes to President Trump and the First Lady. Hope they both have a speedy recovery from coronavirus.”

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves after a cabinet meeting, in London, Britain, September 22, 2020.

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves after a cabinet meeting, in London, Britain, September 22, 2020.

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves after a cabinet meeting, in London, Britain, September 22, 2020.

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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom also expressed their hopes for a full recovery, while a French government spokesperson said that the diagnosis “demonstrates that the virus spares no one, including those who have shown skepticism.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who does not Tweet, has sent a telegram to his U.S. counterpart and wished Trump a speedy recovery from coronavirus, the Kremlin press service said.

“I am confident that your vital energy, high spirits, and optimism will help you cope with the dangerous virus,” the press service quoted Putin as saying.

While there has been no official comment from the Chinese government in Beijing, Hu Xijin, the editor of the state-affiliated Global Times, one of the country’s largest tabloids, said that the president and first lady had “paid the price for his gamble to play down COVID-19” and that “it will impose a negative impact on the image of Trump and the US,” in a post on Twitter.

Trump is not the first world leader to contract the disease during the pandemic. Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, 65, tested positive for coronavirus in July, having repeatedly downplayed the severity of the pandemic the world’s second worst hit country with over 140,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. He only displayed

President Donald Trump, first lady to quarantine after top aide tests positive for COVID-19

Oct. 1 (UPI) — President Donald Trump said Thursday night that he and first lady Melania Trump will quarantine after top aide Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus.

Trump tweeted that he and first lady Melania Trump are awaiting results of a COVID-19 test and will begin a quarantine process in the meantime.

Appearing on Fox News’ Hannity, Trump confirmed that Hicks, who has traveled with him multiple times including to Tuesday’s presidential debate, had tested positive for the novel coronavirus and that he and the first lady are awaiting results by Thursday night or Friday.

“She did test positive, I just heard about this. She tested positive. She’s a hard worker. Lot of masks, she wears masks a lot but she tested positive. Then I just went out with a test. I’ll see — you know, because we spent a lot of time — and the first leady just went out with a test also. So whether we quarantine or whether we have it, I don’t know,” Trump said.

White House spokesman Judd Deere issued a statement saying Trump “takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him and the American people very seriously.”

“White Hous Operations collaborates with the Physician to the President and the White House Military Office to ensure all plans and procedures incorporate current CDC guidance and best practices for limiting COVID-19 exposure to the greatest extent possible both on complex and when the president is traveling,” Deere added.

In May, two White House staffers, including Trump’s personal valet tested positive for the coronavirus, while Vice President Mike Pence stayed away from the White House for a weekend while three other members of the coronavirus task force quarantined after potential exposure to an aide who had tested positive.

Both Trump and Pence reported negative tests following those incidents.

National security adviser Robert O’Brien and Kimberly Guilfoyle, a Trump campaign official and Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, also both tested positive for COVID-19 in July.

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