Joe Biden wished President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania a “swift recovery” on Twitter. Both tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday (Oct. 1) two days after the first presidential debate. Biden also said his thoughts and prayers are with his presidential rival and his family.
On Twitter, Biden wrote, “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.”
Donald Trump announced the couple had contracted COVID-19.
Late Thursday night, Trump announced via Twitter that he and Melania contracted the COVID-19 virus. He wrote, “Tonight, FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
The diagnosis comes in a crucial leg of the presidential race, just 33 days before the Nov. 3 election. Both the White House and first lady confirmed all upcoming events for the two will be canceled until further notice. President Trump’s close advisor Hope Hicks also contracted the virus prior to their diagnosis.
According to The New York Times, the president’s physician said the coupler were both doing “well.” He didn’t say if the president or first lady were suffering from any coronavirus symptoms.
“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 in 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.”
It’s unclear how long the president and first lady will be in quarantine.
Biden and Trump last met on the Sept. 29 presidential debate. Moderated by Fox News reporter Chris Wallace, the debate was the first time potential viewers had the chance to see both candidates square off. Organizers planned two more debates between the two. The next is scheduled for Oct. 15, but given Trump’s diagnosis, it is unclear whether the next two debates will take place.