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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Barron Trump also tested positive for COVID-19, first lady says


Barron Trump also tested positive for COVID-19, first lady says

President Trump’s 14-year-old,Barron tested positive to covid 19 Melania Trump disclosed Wednesday, about two weeks after it was revealed that she and the president had contracted the disease.

Both President Trump and the first lady tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 1 and appear to have since recovered from the disease that has so far killed more than 216,000 Americans. In an update posted Wednesday afternoon on the White House website, Melania Trump said Barron did not initially test positive for COVID-19 following his parents’ diagnosis. His positive result came in a subsequent test, the first lady wrote. 

“Luckily he is a strong teenager and exhibited no symptoms,” she said in her statement. “In one way I was glad the three of us went through this at the same time so we could take care of one another and spend time together. He [Barron] has since tested negative.”

As the president was leaving the White House for a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday afternoon, Trump told reporters on the South Lawn that “Barron’s fine.”

President Donald Trump walks with first lady Melania Trump at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland, Ohio on September 29, 2020. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on Sept. 29. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Melania Trump said she was fortunate that her own diagnosis came with “minimal symptoms” and added that she chose to go the “more natural route in terms of medicine, opting more for vitamins and healthy food.” She wrote that she has tested negative for COVID-19 and hopes to resume her duties soon.

The president returned to the campaign trail this week. The White House medical team announced last weekend that he had tested negative “on consecutive days,” after having been treated for COVID-19 for nearly four days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

While hospitalized, Trump was given steroids and experimental drugs.

A view of the White House on Sunday morning, while U.S. President Donald Trump is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
The White House on Oct. 4, when President Trump was being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Trump became ill after hosting a series of events that largely ignored social distancing measures designed to stop the spread of the virus. Dozens of attendees at those events, including the Sept. 26 Rose Garden announcement of Amy Coney Barrett as Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, were also sickened with COVID-19.

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