“He’s in the residence now and, in true fashion, he’s probably critiquing the way I’m answering these questions,” Meadows told reporters.
White House officials discovered that after Marine One was taking off on Thursday, they learned adviser Hope Hicks tested positive for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, said Meadows.
Meanwhile, First Lady Melania Trump confirmed later that she is having “mild symptoms but overall feeling good.”
Trump and the first lady “remain in good spirits,” Meadows said, adding that “the president does have mild symptoms.” He didn’t elaborate on what symptoms he has.
“He continues to not only be in good spirits … but very energetic,” the chief of staff said, adding that business appears to be continuing as usual at the White House.
Doctors will continue to monitor both President Trump’s health and the health of Melania Trump, Meadows added. Members of the White House will be continued to be tested on a daily basis.
“His first question to me this morning is how’s the economy doing. How’s the stimulus talks on … Capitol Hill,” Meadows recalled. “I’m optimistic he’ll have a … speedy recovery,” he added.
“I fully expect” other White House officials will test positive in days ahead, Meadows also cautioned.
The development came after midnight, by a Twitter post. The president 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!”
Following news of Trump’s diagnosis, global financial markets declined.
White House physician Sean Conley confirmed on Oct. 1 that the president and first lady tested positive, adding that “they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence. He added that he and the White House team will maintain a “vigilant watch” over the pair.
Melania Trump wrote that she and her husband were “feeling good” but have canceled public events.
President Trump had a campaign rally planned for Florida on Friday and two planned for Wisconsin on Saturday.
Vice President Pence and his wife, Karen, who are tested on a daily basis, tested negative for the virus Friday, a spokesman told media outlets.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife also tested negative on Friday.