Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence both tested negative for coronavirus again on Sunday, the Washington Examiner reported.
The news comes as numerous individuals associated with the Trump administration continue to announce positive tests, including former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican who was said to have been on the president’s preparation team for last week’s debate, according to Fox News.
President Donald Trump himself is the most high-profile case, but his condition appears to be improving. On Monday afternoon, the president announced in a tweet that he would be discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland that evening after a multi-day stay there.
I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2020
The Trumps take on COVID-19
The president has called the treatments he’s received “miracles” and continued to thank both the doctors at Walter Reed and his supporters, many of whom have lined the streets outside the hospital to cheer on his recovery.
I really appreciate all of the fans and supporters outside of the hospital. The fact is, they really love our Country and are seeing how we are MAKING IT GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2020
The first lady, meanwhile, appears to be doing well and has not had to be hospitalized. In an update Saturday, Melania Trump’s chief of staff said her symptoms hadn’t worsened since she and the president were first diagnosed with COVID-19, an announcement that came just after midnight at the White House on Thursday.
“Her symptoms have not worsened, and she continues to rest. She remains in touch with her husband,” the first lady’s chief of staff said, according to a separate report from the Washington Examiner. “She is thinking of all who are ill and wishes them a speedy recovery.”
Coronavirus in the capital city
The latest outbreak in Washington appears to have begun with White House adviser Hope Hicks, whose positive test was confirmed by the president late Wednesday. Since then, Republican Sens. Mike Lee (UT), Thom Tillis (NC), and Ron Johnson (WI) have also tested positive, as well as Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and, as of Monday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, according to ABC News.
McEnany announced her diagnosis in a statement that noted she had tested negative “consistently, including every day since Thursday.”
“As an essential worker, I have worked diligently to provide needed information to the American people during this time,” McEnany added. “With my recent positive test, I will begin the quarantine process and will continue working on behalf of the American People remotely.”
Those close to the president — as well as the commander-in-chief himself — can certainly use our prayers as they continue to battle a virus that has infected some 7.4 million Americans and killed nearly 210,000, according to The New York Times.