Ivanka Trump took to Twitter to offer prayers for her father and step-mother. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday (Oct. 1).
On Twitter, Ivanka wrote, “Praying for the swift recovery of my father and Melania and for all those impacted by COVID-19. As they fight this together, the President will continue to fight for the people of this great country.”
Ivanka Trump and her husband tested negative for the virus.
Additionally, Ivanka and her husband Jared Kusher tested negative for the virus. Several White House aides and advisers have tested to see whether they had the virus in the wake of the Trumps’ diagnosis. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife also tested negative for COVID-19.
According to the Independent, Kushner played a key role in the Trump administration’s pandemic response. Early on he took control of a task force charged with obtaining millions of personal protective equipment for essential workers.
A former employee recently criticized Kushner’s performance. He said the team lacked experience in public health and logistics. He claimed that employees had to use their own laptops for front-line federal government work. Furthermore, he said he received pressure to create a data model “fudging the predicted number of fatalities”.
According to The New York Times, Trump’s close adviser Hope Hicks began showing symptoms for COVID-19 while at a rally in Duluth, Minnesota on Sept. 30. Hicks quarantined herself on the return flight to Washington, D.C. where she tested positive for the virus. On Thursday night, the president announce he and Melania had contracted the virus.
“The president and first lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence,” the physician, Sean P. Conley, said a the statement. “Rest assured I expect the president to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments.”