Live Blog: President Trump tweets update hours after being taken to Walter Reed medical center

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CLEVELAND (WJW) – President Donald Trump has been taken to Walter Reed medical center after being diagnosed with coronavirus. The White House said it’s a “precautionary measure.”

The President announced on Twitter early Friday morning that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for coronavirus just three days after the presidential debate held in Cleveland.

LIVE UPDATES

  • 11:35 p.m. (WJW) — President Trump tweeted from Walter Reed medical center late Friday night: “Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!”
  • 10:30 p.m. (WJW) — Kellyanne Conway, the former counselor to President Trump, has tested positive for coronavirus. Conway confirmed her diagnosis on Twitter Friday evening. She says her symptoms are mild and she’s “feeling fine.” Conway has begun the quarantine process and is in consultation with medical experts.
  • 9:45 p.m. (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has sent a message of sympathy to President Donald Trump and his wife Melania, wishing they would recover from COVID-19. The Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim expressed hope they will surely overcome the disease. Kim and Trump once exchanged threats of total destruction and crude insults after North Korea in 2017 carried out a series of high-profile weapons tests aimed at acquiring an ability to launch nuclear strikes on the U.S. mainland. But they stopped such rhetoric and instead developed personal relationships after Kim abruptly reached out to Trump in 2018 for talks on the fate of his advancing nuclear arsenal. Before their nuclear talks entered a stalemate, Trump said that he and Kim “fell in love.”
  • 9 p.m. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis is creating a moment of reckoning for his Republican Party. The diagnosis is upending the Trump administration’s entire approach to COVID-19 weeks before the election. As Trump headed to Walter Reed military hospital for quarantine Friday, the virus seemed to spill into every corner of the party. Tests came back positive for Republican Party Chair Ronna McDaniel and for Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah. One vulnerable incumbent, North Carolina’s Thom Tillis, announced Friday night that he had also tested positive for the virus and that he’d quarantine for 10 days at the peak of election season.
  • 8:30 p.m. (WKBN) — Congressman Tim Ryan and Senator Rob Portman have both tested negative for the coronavirus.

    Ryan was one of those in attendance at Tuesday’s debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. He’s received a coronavirus test, along with others who attended the debate.

    Ohio Sen. Rob Portman also planned to take a test after a meeting with the president earlier this week. According to Portman’s communications director Emily Benavides, Portman met with President Trump briefly for an event outside the White House that featured Lordstown Motors, where social distancing was practiced.
  • 6:45 p.m. (WJW) — President Donald Trump spoke to Americans from the White House Friday night regarding his diagnosis. He thanked the nation for their “tremendous support” and said he “thinks he’s doing very well.” He also said First Lady Melania Trump is “doing very well.”

    Watch the president’s message to Americans in the tweet below:
  • 6:30 p.m. (WJW) — President Trump arrives at Walter Reed medical center. He was taken to the military hospital on Marine One at the White House; the President waved to reporters and gave a thumbs up before he boarded.
  • 6:15 p.m. (WJW) — Eric Trump, Vice President of The Trump Organization and son of President Donald Trump, is asking Americans to pray for his father as he battles COVID-19.

    Trump took to Twitter Friday evening calling the President a “true warrior.” He says he knows his father will battle the virus with “with the same strength and conviction that he uses to fight for America each and every day.”

    He added that he is so proud of his father.
  • 6 p.m. (WJW) — President Donald Trump being transported to a military hospital via Marine One is standard procedure, says Dr. James Baker, Prof. of Allergy & Immunology at the University of Michigan.

    “Any type of visit to Walter Reed from the White House usually occurs by helicopter — that is the standard,” Baker told Nexstar NewsNation Friday evening. “If the President were acutely ill, if he was having respiratory distress or some type of acute problem, he would be going to the closest hospital.”

    Baker says he thinks this shows that Trump’s hospital stay is “truly a precautionary step” so the President can be closely monitored and that his breathing and other functions can be taken into account more closely.

    The doctor also predicts that Trump will likely be given an antiviral drug that has shown to be effective in fighting COVID-19, as well as steroids. This is in addition to the experimental antibody treatment Trump received earlier Friday.
  • 5:45 p.m. (AP) — Members of Congress are taking a fresh look at virus testing in the U.S. Capitol after President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19. The president’s diagnosis announced overnight shook Washington and the congressional campaigns just a month before the election. It revived fears of an outbreak in the House, which convened Friday for what could be the last time before Nov. 3. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says Democratic leaders are considering requiring testing the next time the House convenes. The House and Senate will reconvene after the election.
  • 5:20 p.m. (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will spend a “few days” at a military hospital on the advice of his physicians after contracting COVID-19.

    Trump is to depart the White House by helicopter early Friday evening for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The White House says that the visit is precautionary and that Trump will work from the hospital’s presidential suite, which is equipped to allow him to continue his official duties.

    Earlier Friday the White House said Trump remains “fatigued” and had been injected with an experimental antibody drug combination for the virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans and spread to the highest reaches of the U.S. government.
  • 5 p.m. (WJW) — Ohio Representative Jim Jordan has tested negative for COVID-19 after he traveled with President Trump on Air Force One. Trump tested positive for the virus on Friday.

    Jordan has been advised by his physician that since he was not in close contact with any COVID-19 positive people during a risk time period, he does not have to quarantine. Jordan’s test was reportedly taken as a precaution. His spokesperson says “Jordan looks forward to continuing to work hard for the people of Ohio’s Fourth District.”
  • 4:15 p.m. (WJW) — President Donald Trump remains fatigued but is in good spirits. White House medical officials say that following PCR-confirmation of Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis, he received a single 8-gram dose an antibody infusion without incident. In addition to polyclonal antibodies, the President has been taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin. He is currently being evaluated by a team of experts who will be making recommendations in the near future regarding the President and First Lady’s next best steps. Officials say First Lady Melania Trump remains well with only a mild cough and headache. The remainder of the First Family are well and tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday.
  • 4 p.m. (AP) — Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee revealed he has been infected with the coronavirus. The announcement Friday came hours after President Donald Trump announced he had tested positive for the virus. The conservative Utah senator plans to isolate for 10 days then return to public life the day he and colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee are scheduled to begin considering the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
  • 2 p.m. Trump campaign: Events featuring president, family postponed after COVID-19 diagnosis; some of the president’s events may also be virtual. Vice President Pence will continue campaigning.
  • 1:50 p.m. Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris said both she and her husband were tested for COVID-19 this morning and they both tested negative. “This virus is still very much active across our country, please continue to wear a mask and maintain social distancing,” she tweeted.
  • 1:23 p.m. Representative Marcia Fudge (OH-11) issued the following statement regarding her presence at Tuesday’s Presidential Democratic debate: “I attended the debate held at Case Western Reserve University located in the 11th Congressional District. While there, I took the necessary precautions, wore a mask, and social distanced as recommended by the Cleveland Clinic.  I was not seated near the President nor any members of his team.  I am not experiencing any coronavirus symptoms but will take a test if that changes.  In the meantime, I am following health safety guidelines.
  • 12:13 p.m. The Cleveland Clinic released a statement Friday afternoon regarding debate safety measures, saying in part, “Everyone permitted inside the debate hall tested negative for COVID-19 prior to entry.” They went on to say the safety measures also included mask requirements, temperature checks, hand sanitizer, social distancing (full statement below)
  • 11:52 a.m. Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris released a statement on the president’s diagnosis around 10 a.m. “Doug and I join Joe Biden and Dr. Biden in wishing President Trump and the First Lady a full and speedy recovery. We’re keeping them and the entire Trump family in our thoughts.”
  • 11:49 a.m. General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Army Secretary Mark Esper met with the President Sunday at the White House. Esper tested negative for coronavirus Monday and Wednesday. He will be tested again Friday, according to the Pentagon. Chairman Milley has tested negative for coronavirus.
  • 11:28 a.m. The Associated Press reports Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is awaiting his coronavirus test results. His campaign team is expected to announce the test results and Biden’s travel plans later Friday.
  • 11:20 a.m. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has not said what type of coronavirus test the president received
  • 11:15 a.m. Gov. Mike DeWine will speak about the president’s diagnosis at 3 p.m. briefing
  • 11:00 a.m. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Friday just before 11 a.m. that President Trump has mild symptoms but that he and the first lady “remain in good spirits.” Meadows said he and the president had spoken several times Friday morning. “He continues to be not only in good spirits but very energetic,” Meadows said in front of the White House.
  • Meadows reported the doctors continue to monitor the health of the president and Melania Trump, and that the president’s doctor is at the White House. Meadows also said the doctor will be staying there.
  • Meadows said he, White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino, and son-in-law and Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner all received negative coronavirus tests.
  • 10:45 a.m. Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be tested Friday, according to NBC. He traveled with the President, First Lady, and Hope Hicks to the presidential debate on Air Force One Tuesday. 
  • 10:30 a.m. Ohio Senator Rob Portman will again be tested for coronavirus. Portman’s communications director Emily Benavides said the senator was tested prior to being at the White House for a Lordstown event on Monday. He tested negative at the time. Benavides said Portman did not attend Tuesday’s presidential debate in Cleveland due to the Senate being in session. The following statement was released to FOX 8: “On Monday, Rob was with President Trump briefly for an event outside the White House that featured Lordstown Motors, where social distancing was practiced. While he is not experiencing any symptoms, and neither is Jane, out of an abundance of caution, he is consulting with his physician and plans to take a COVID-19 diagnostic test and cancel his scheduled in-person events today.”
  • 9:56 a.m. Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted will be tested for coronavirus Friday after attending the debate Tuesday. The Lt. Governor’s office says Husted wore a mask the entire time and did not come into contact with anyone in the First Family. He also wished a speedy recovery to the president and first lady.
  • 9:45 a.m. The first lady’s Chief of Staff tells ABC news Barron Trump has tested negative for coronavirus
  • 8:51 a.m. Democratic nominee Vice President Joe Biden tweeted his well wishes to the president, saying “Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery. We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family.”
  • 8:02 a.m. Vice President Pence’s Press Secretary says Pence and the second lady tested negative for coronavirus
  • 6:52 a.m. Gov. Mike DeWine offered “prayers and best wishes” to the president and first lady
  • 6:35 a.m. There are reports Joe Biden will be tested for coronavirus Friday

The announcement came after White House aide Hope Hicks tested positive for coronavirus Thursday.

Hicks traveled with the president on to Cleveland for the presidential debates Tuesday, and then to several rallies in Minnesota Wednesday.

DULUTH, MN – SEPTEMBER 30: President Donald Trump leaves after speaking during a campaign rally at the Duluth International Airport on September 30, 2020 in Duluth, Minnesota. The rally is Trump’s first after last night’s Presidential Debate. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

According to the Commission on Presidential Debates, everyone in the audience received a COVID-19 test.

The candidates did not shake hands and were spaced apart for social distancing, based on advice from the Cleveland Clinic.

The Cleveland Clinic is advising the commission for coronavirus safety for all presidential debates.

The Cleveland Clinic released a statement Friday afternoon about the president’s positive coronavirus test, debate safety, and what their guidelines were for the debates:

“As health advisor to the Commission on Presidential Debates and the host site, we had several requirements to maintain a safe environment that align with CDC guidelines – including temperature checks, hand sanitizing, social distancing and masking. Most importantly, everyone permitted inside the debate hall tested negative for COVID-19 prior to entry. Individuals traveling with both candidates, including the candidates themselves, had been tested and tested negative by their respective campaigns.

Based on what we know about the virus and the safety measures we had in place, we believe there is low risk of exposure to our guests. Out of an abundance of caution we are reaching out to our guests to address any questions and concerns, as well as offering testing. We will continue to monitor the information being released by the White House.”

If the tests used at Tuesday’s debate provided accurate results, that would mean the president and first lady became infected after the event.

The president’s children were also in attendance.

Prior to the debate, President Trump spent some time in a hotel room preparing for the evening.

Hope Hicks began feeling ill on Wednesday and reportedly had mild symptoms.

The World Health Organization says it takes five or six days on average from when someone is infected until symptoms show, but it can take 14 days.

Hicks also traveled with the president to multiple events over the weekend.

President Trump tweeted about the results Friday morning, saying he and Melania Trump were starting quarantine.

The two will be quarantining at the White House.

All travel has been cleared from the president’s schedule, including multiple campaign stops this weekend.

The president is scheduled to hold a phone call Friday on COVID-19 support to seniors.

Presumably, everyone in the president’s inner circle will be tested.

It’s not clear what the president’s coronavirus test will mean for the other debates.

The next presidential debate is scheduled for October 15, which falls within the 14-day quarantine period.

Vice President Joe Biden released a statement on the president’s positive test Friday morning.

Biden did not say when he would be tested.

UH Epidemiologist Dr. Amy Edwards said there is a risk for Biden and debate host Chris Wallace because more safety measures weren’t taken.

If President Trump became too ill to lead the country, Vice President Mike Pence be placed in charge.

Pence was reportedly with the president at the White House on Wednesday. He and the second lady reported Friday morning they’ve tested negative for coronavirus.

If Pence also became too ill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is next in command.

HERE’S A TIMELINE OF THE PRESIDENT’S TRAVELS

SUNDAY

President Donald Trump speaking during a news conference at the White House, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Trump spoke to reporters during a news conference at the White House on Sunday.

MONDAY

Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns listens as President Donald Trump talks about the Endurance all-electric pickup truck, made in Lordstown, Ohio, at the White House, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump surveys a truck produced by Lordstown Motors on the White House South Lawn at an event attended by two members of Congress and three representatives from the Lordstown, Ohio, manufacturer.

President Donald Trump speaks about coronavirus testing strategy, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump holds a Rose Garden event to announce an administration effort to distribute millions of coronavirus test kits to states. The event is attended by administration officials including Vice President Mike Pence, members of Congress and state officials.

TUESDAY

Trump travels to Cleveland for a 90-minute presidential debate against Democratic rival Joe Biden. The two men are both tested ahead of the debate and stand behind lecterns positioned a good distance from one another. They do not wear masks during the faceoff.

White House aide Hope Hicks is part of a large entourage that travels to Ohio with Trump aboard Air Force One for the debate, including members of the Trump family.

WEDNESDAY

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Duluth International Airport, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Duluth, Minn. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump travels to Minnesota for a fundraiser at a private home in suburban Minneapolis and an outdoor rally in Duluth.

From left, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino, Assistant to the President and Director of Oval Office Operations Nicholas Luna, Senior Adviser to the President of the United States Jared Kushner, Senior Adviser to the President Stephen Miller, and counselor to President Hope Hicks walk to board Marine One with President Donald Trump at the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Washington, for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base en route to Minnesota. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Hicks is among the White House aides who accompany Trump on the trip. She feels unwell on the return trip and isolates herself aboard Air Force One.

THURSDAY

Counselor to the President Hope Hicks, left, arrives at the White House in Washington, late Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, after attending rallies in Ohio with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Hicks tests positive for the coronavirus on Thursday.

President Donald Trump walks from Marine One to the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, as he returns from Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump flies to his Bedminster resort in New Jersey for a private fundraiser. Several aides who were in proximity to Hicks scrap plans to accompany Trump.

In this Sept. 29, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump, left, watches as first lady Melania Trump, center, walks on stage past Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, right, at the conclusion of the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, the president tweeted early Friday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Trump announces in an evening interview on Fox News that he and the first lady are being tested for the coronavirus. He later tweets that they will “begin our quarantine process!”

FRIDAY

The news announces U.S President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus, at an office in Lagos Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. Global markets dropped after President Trump said that he and the first lady had tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Trump tweets shortly before 1 a.m. that he and the first lady have tested positive for the virus and “will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately.”

Dr. Sean Conley, the physician to the president, releases a statement that the president and first lady “are both well at this time.”

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