White House confirms Donald Trump has coronavirus symptoms after positive test

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The White House has confirmed that Donald Trump has “mild symptoms” of coronavirus.

Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said the US President is in “good spirits”.

Trump confirmed he had tested positive along with First Lady Melania Trump in a tweet this morning, October 2.

Hope Hicks, one of Mr Trump's closest aides, earlier announced she had the virus.

A “lethargic” Trump was photographed returning to the White House on October 1, just hours before he announced the test result.

He was snapped walking across the lawn, offering a half-hearted wave and thumbs up to onlookers.

Trump was returning from his gold club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he had hosted a campaign fundraiser.

One attendee claimed the president came into contact with about 100 people and that he appeared “lethargic”, The New York Times reported.

Coronavirus has killed more team 207,000 people in the US, and Trump has been widely criticised for his administration’s handling of the crisis.

He has repeatedly criticised Democrat Joe Biden for wearing face masks, pondered whether disinfectant could be used to treat the disease, and claimed this month that “we're rounding the final turn” in the fight against Covid-19.

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Trump also told legendary Watergate journalist Bob Woodward back in March: "I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don't want to create a panic."

Confirming his diagnosis, the President tweeted: “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!"

First Lady Melania added: "As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19.

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"We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together."

A letter published by the White House from Trump's doctor, Sean Conley confirmed the diagnosis.

It read: "I release the following information with the permission of President Donald J.Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.

This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus."

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