Trump campaign did not notify Biden of positive coronavirus test

President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE’s campaign did not notify Joe BidenJoe BidenBudowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit DC might win US House vote if it tries Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models MORE’s team of the president’s positive coronavirus test, according to two sources close to the former vice president’s campaign. 

Instead, Biden’s campaign discovered that the president and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpScorned and mistreated, Melania Trump deserved much better from the media The Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' K Street navigates virtual inauguration week MORE had tested positive for COVID-19 after seeing news reports, which came two days after Biden and Trump met in Cleveland for the first presidential debate on Tuesday.

Biden and Trump did not shake hands ahead of the debate, given concerns about the coronavirus, and the two men stood several feet apart from one another. Still, the debate and uncertainty over whether Trump was infected at the time has raised concerns about whether he may have spread the virus to others.


Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisInaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models Overnight Defense: Biden lifts Trump's transgender military ban | Democrats, advocates celebrate end of ban | 5,000 guardsmen staying in DC through mid-March The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP senator retires MORE (D-Calif.), were tested for the coronavirus on Friday. Harris tested negative for the virus, while Biden is still awaiting his results.

Politico reported on Friday that the Biden campaign is also testing people who attended the presidential debate. 

Trump announced early Friday morning that he and the first lady had tested positive for coronavirus, a development that injects a new element of uncertainty into the already chaotic race for the White House just 32 days out from Election Day.

Trump and the first lady are experiencing mild symptoms from the virus and are currently quarantining at the White House.

It’s unclear how long Trump will remain isolated. Still, the quarantine will take him off the campaign trail at a time when he is behind Biden in the polls. It also throws the fate of the remaining two presidential debates into uncertainty. 


Trump’s positive COVID-19 test came shortly after news broke that one of his senior aides, Hope HicksHope HicksTrump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus Women set to take key roles in Biden administration MORE, had tested positive. It was also revealed on Friday that Republican National Committee Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Trump has downplayed the threat posed by the coronavirus for months and has often ridiculed others for wearing masks despite recommendations to do so by public health officials. The president mocked Biden at the debate on Tuesday for frequently wearing a face covering. 

“Every time you see him, he’s got a mask,” Trump said.