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President Trump Tests Positive For Coronavirus. What Process Follows The Diagnosis?




US President Donald Trump walks from Marine One after arriving on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC following campaign events in New Jersey.
US President Donald Trump walks from Marine One after arriving on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC following campaign events in New Jersey.
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President Donald Trump is experiencing “mild symptoms” of COVID-19 after revealing early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that plunged the country deeper into uncertainty just a month before the presidential election.

Trump, who has spent much of the year downplaying the threat of a virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans, said he and Mrs. Trump were quarantining. The White House physician said the president was expected to continue carrying out his duties “without disruption” while recovering. A White House official said Friday morning that the president was experiencing mild symptoms but was working from the White House residence.

Trump’s diagnosis was sure to have a destabilizing effect in Washington and around the world, raising questions about how far the virus had spread through the highest levels of the U.S. government. Hours before Trump announced he had contracted the virus, the White House said a top aide who had traveled with him during the week had tested positive.

Today on AirTalk, we talk about the political process and messaging happening in Washington D.C. 

With files from the Associated Press

Guests:

Meridith McGraw, White House reporter for Politico; she tweets @meridithmcgraw

Peter Chin-Hong, M.D., infectious disease specialist and professor of medicine at the UCSF Medical Center; he tweets @PCH_SF