CNN reported that an official said there were “reasons to be concerned” about his health and that the situation was “serious”.
But the aide also reassured the public that they should not be alarmed and said Trump was taking the situation “very seriously.”
ABC also reported that Trump had a fever, chills, congestion, and cough.
Hours earlier, the White House sought to project an air of business as usual despite Trump’s diagnosis, but aides privately expressed concern about the presidential election and showed signs of growing concern about the coronavirus.
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Trump, 74, flew to Walter Reed Medical Center by helicopter for treatment on Friday evening, but staff members said he would continue to work in a special suite and remained committed to governance throughout. throughout the day.
He did not transfer power to Vice President Mike Pence.
In a video statement posted to his Twitter account shortly after his departure, President Trump said, “I want to thank everyone for their immense support. I’m going to Walter Reed Hospital. I think I am doing very well, but we »I will assure you that everything is fine, the First Lady is very well.
“So thank you very much. I appreciate. I will never forget him. Thank you. “
The president was diagnosed with Covid-19 early Friday morning, and suffered from “mild symptoms,” including cold-like symptoms, fatigue and a mild fever, officials said.
Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said, “President Trump remains in a good mood, has mild symptoms and works all day.
“Out of prudence and on the recommendation of his doctor and medical experts, the president will be working from Walter Reed’s presidential offices for the next few days.
“President Trump appreciates the outpouring of support for both himself and the First Lady. ”
After Marine One waited more than an hour on the south lawn of the White House, President Trump went to the helicopter wearing a suit and mask.
He waved and gave a thumbs up gesture to reporters, but didn’t stop to speak. He was accompanied by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who also wore a mask.
He greeted a Marine who was waiting before boarding the helicopter and patted the handrail as he climbed the steps.
Eric, President Trump’s son, tweeted: “Donald Trump is a true warrior.
“He will fight through this with the same strength and conviction that he uses to fight for America every day.
“I ask you to join me in praying for his recovery. I have never been so proud of someone and what they have had to go through. ”
Previously, the President’s physician, Navy Commander Sean P Conley, said in a statement:
“In addition to the polyclonal antibodies, the president takes zinc, vitamin D, famotidine and aspirin daily. “
He added: “Since this afternoon, the President has remained tired but in a good mood. It is evaluated by a team of experts, and together we will make recommendations to the President and the First Lady.
“First Lady Melania Trump is staying well with only a mild cough and headache, and the rest of the First Family are doing well and tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 today. ”
The US president, who is in a high risk category because of his age and because he is considered overweight, tweeted in the early hours of Friday: “Tonight @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID- 19.
“We will immediately begin our quarantine and recovery process. We’re going to get through this TOGETHER!
The next presidential elections have been postponed or posted online.
Trump was scheduled to hold a “Make America Great Again” rally in Florida on Friday night, two in Wisconsin on Saturday, and another in Arizona on Monday.
The sight of more White House workers than usual wearing masks, including press secretary McEnany in the evening, was seen as a sign the coronavirus risks were taken on Friday. more seriously.
Communications adviser Hope Hicks and First Lady Melania Trump have also tested positive.
Some in Washington have speculated that Trump’s events on Saturday to announce Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment to the Supreme Court may have spread the virus.
Besides Trump and his wife, attendees Ronna McDaniel, Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Lee, a Republican Senator, and University of Notre Dame President Reverend John Jenkins have all tested positive for the coronavirus. .