Mr Trump said he and the first lady would immediately begin to self-quarantine.
The first lady tweeted after the positive tests, saying that she and the president “felt good and I postponed all future commitments”.
Other world leaders, such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have contracted the virus and returned to service, but the president is older than his counterparts who tested positive. Mr Trump is 74 years old and has at least one underlying illness, which puts him at a higher risk of complications, according to advice from the Centers for Disease Control, but he was feeling fine.
The White House doctor released a note confirming the positive tests and saying the president and the first lady were doing well and planning to stay home.
“Please be assured that I expect the President to continue in office without interruption during his recovery, and I will keep you informed of any further development,” wrote Sean Conley, President’s physician.
A senior White House official told CBS News that Mr. Trump was “in a good mood,” and noted that catching a COVID-19 infection “early on helps alleviate the situation.”
The official said it was “beneficial” that there weren’t many people around the president, for contract research purposes.
However, Mr. Trump met with supporters in person earlier Thursday at a fundraising event and held a rally with supporters in Minnesota on Wednesday evening. On Tuesday, he was in Cleveland, Ohio, for the first presidential debate.
When asked if there were other people in quarantine at the White House after the president and the first lady tested positive, a senior White House official told CBS News that “the search for contacts has been made and the appropriate notifications and recommendations have been made ”.
Vice President Mike Pence tweeted about an hour after Mr Trump’s announcement, saying that he and Second Lady Karen Pence, “send their love and prayers” to the President and the First Lady.
“We join with millions of people across America in praying for their full and speedy recovery. God bless you President Trump and our wonderful First Lady Melania, ”Pence wrote.
Although Pence is only 61, the next two officials in the president’s line of succession are in their 80s. House of Commons Speaker Nancy Pelosi is 80 and Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Chuck Grassley is 87. News of Mr. Trump’s positive test result could encourage lawmakers on Capitol Hill to revise their testing regime, because there is currently no regular test in place for members of Congress.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is fourth on the list for the presidency, told reporters he had not interacted with Mr. Trump since September 15. Pompeo, who is 56, returned to the United States from a trip to Europe on Friday.
News of the Trump’s positive tests came just hours after it was reported that the president’s senior aidefor the coronavirus. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has tested negative for the virus, a senior White House official told CBS News.
“The strength of the whole country is with the president @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS“White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a tweet, adding that Mr. Trump” would continue to put people first!
The president was due to campaign in Florida on Friday and then in the western United States next week, but all of his events were called off except one – he was still supposed to set up a phone call about COVID-19 support for the elderly vulnerable later. Friday.
The positive diagnosis couldn’t come at a worse time for Mr. Trump politically, just one month from the election and two weeks from the next scheduled presidential debate against former Vice President Joe Biden. In the debate, Mr. Trump, who is 77 years old, to regularly wear a mask.
“I don’t wear a mask like him,” the president said. “Every time you see him he has a mask on. He could talk 200 yards from him. And he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.
CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang reported that administration officials had been surprised for weeks that the virus had not been detected among White House officials, given that Mr. Trump had half-heartedly adopted the measures recommended by senior health officials.
The president has often flouted his own administration’s guidelines on social distancing, wearing masks and not gathering in large groups.
Jiang said that although there was a “failure in time” when masks were mandatory for White House personnel if they were standing and moving around the building, these measures have since “disappeared.”
This is of particular concern, Jiang noted, given that the list of people who have come into close personal contact with the president and the first lady in recent days “is long, and filled with some of the most important people in the world. the Trump administration. ”
Fin Gomez, Tucker Reals, Caroline Linton and Margaret Brennan contributed to this report.