News

Obama sends well wishes to Trump, hopes he is ‘on path to speedy recovery’

Former President Obama sent his best wishes to President Trump and first lady Melania Trump after they tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

“Michelle and I hope that the President, First Lady, and all those affected by the coronavirus around the country are getting the care they need and are on the path to a speedy recovery,” Obama tweeted on Saturday.

“Obviously, we’re in the midst of a big political battle right now, and while there’s a lot at stake, let’s remember that we’re all Americans. We’re all human beings. And we want everyone to be healthy, no matter our party,” Obama continued.

Trump on Friday went to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. White House officials have said the president is experiencing “mild symptoms,” and his physician said he is feeling fatigued.

A person familiar with the matter said Trump is also running a low-grade fever.

Trump tweeted a pre-recorded video message on Friday before he left the White House for Walter Reed thanking Americans for their support following his diagnosis. 

“I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support,” Trump said in the 18-second clip.

“I think I’m doing very well but we’re going to make sure that things work out,” he added. “The first lady is doing very well. So thank you very much. I appreciate it. I will never forget it.”

Trump was seen for the first time since his diagnosis when he walked from the White House to Marine One to be transported to Walter Reed. The president wore a mask and waved to reporters on his way to the helicopter.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden appeared to share a similar message for the president on Friday. His campaign is taking down all negative ads and will only promote positive messages following the president’s diagnosis.

Biden on Friday tweeted that he and his wife, Jill Biden, “send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery.” 

“We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family,” Biden tweeted. 

Tags Barack Obama Coronavirus COVID-19 Donald Trump Joe Biden Melania Trump President Obama President Trump

The Hill has removed its comment section, as there are many other forums for readers to participate in the conversation. We invite you to join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.

Most Popular

Load more

Video

See all Video