Trump campaign did not notify Biden of positive coronavirus test

President TrumpDonald John TrumpStephen Miller: Trump to further crackdown on illegal immigration if he wins US records 97,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record Biden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll MORE’s campaign did not notify Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll Ivanka Trump raises million in a week for father's campaign On The Money: McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 | Lawmakers see better prospects for COVID deal after election 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 TrumpSchumer calls Trump 'a moron' over coronavirus response Melania Trump gives rally remarks in rare joint appearance with the president The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Election night could be a bit messy 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 HarrisThere's still time to put Kamala Harris front and center Hillicon Valley: Biden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked | Majority of voters in three swing states saw ads on social media questioning election validity: poll | Harris more often the target of online misinformation The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Pollsters stir debate over Trump numbers 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 Charlotte HicksTrump says ex-staffer who penned 'Anonymous' op-ed should be 'prosecuted' Documents show Trump campaign ignored coronavirus guidelines at Duluth rally: report Trump aide won't get into whether Trump has done debate prep 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.