Clintons wish Trumps speedy recovery, hope for safety of White House staff and Secret Service

Hillary Clinton on Friday night sent wishes of a speedy recovery to her 2016 opponent President Trump and first lady Melania Trump after their coronavirus diagnosis, as well as hopes “for the safety of the White House staff, the Secret Service, and others putting their lives on the line.”

“This pandemic has affected so many. We must continue to protect ourselves, our families, and communities,” wrote the former first lady and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

The Trumps revealed their coronavirus diagnoses early Friday morning, sending a shock through Washington and the rest of the world.

In the afternoon, Trump traveled to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he will remain “for the next few days.” White House officials have said that Trump’s symptoms are mild and he remains in good spirits.

The announcement came after news broke that White House adviser and top aide to the president Hope Hicks tested positive for the disease

Both Hicks and the president had been together on Air Force One in Cleveland for the presidential debate as well as a campaign rally in Minnesota on Wednesday.

Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s former longtime adviser, also tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.

Last Saturday, Conway attended a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House where Trump officially nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. 

Other attendees — including Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Notre Dame President the Rev. John Jenkins — all announced Friday that they tested positive for the virus.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, shared a debate stage with Trump on Tuesday, though the two were spaced 10 feet apart and did not shake hands prior to the event.

The former vice president and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), both tested negative.

Tags Bill Clinton Coronavirus COVID-19 Donald Trump Hillary Clinton Hope Hicks Joe Biden Kellyanne Conway Melania Trump Mike Lee Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thom Tillis Trump COVID-19 Trump positive test

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