President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have received well-wishes from Democrat lawmakers including Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) after testing positive for the the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus Thursday.
“Gayle and I are praying for a speedy and healthy recovery for President Trump and the First Lady,” Manchin wrote early Friday morning. “West Virginians know firsthand how serious COVID-19 can be. Please continue being safe. Wear a mask, social distance when possible, and wash your hands.”
Schiff a top critic of the president who led the House impeachment effort against him, wished the president well.
“Wishing the President, the First Lady, and their staff a speedy recovery,” Schiff wrote.
Former Democratic Presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) took to Twitter to send well-wishes to the Trumps.
“My husband Abraham and I offer our best wishes and aloha to President @realDonaldTrump and the First Lady @FLOTUS and praying for their speedy recovery. We also send our best wishes to Ivanka, Tiffany, Donald Trump Jr., Eric, and Barron during this difficult time,” Gabbard wrote.
“Wishing the President and the First Lady a speedy recovery from COVID-19,” wrote Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.). “This is another reminder to us all to take this virus seriously.”
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said, “I wish the first family a quick recovery. I’m praying for our country. Please, please, please wear a mask, keep your distance & stay safe America.”
“I continue to pray for the President and the First Lady, for all who have been infected during this pandemic, and for all of our frontline, essential workers,” said Sen. Chris Coons (D-Conn.).
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) also wished the Trumps a full recovery.
Sean Conley, the physician to the president, said in a memorandum released by the White House that both Trumps are “well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines advise people who have been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient should quarantine for 14-days because the incubation period for the CCP virus can last up to two weeks.
It is recommended that those who have had contact with the president and first lady will also be tested. The CCP virus causes COVID-19, a disease that causes flu-like symptoms often accompanied by a loss of smell and taste. It has a serious effect primarily on the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. A small percentage of patients have died of the disease.
Zachary Stieber contributed to this report