Biden Campaign Tells Staffers Not to Post About Trump's COVID Diagnosis on Social Media

The Joe Biden campaign has requested their staff to not post about President Donald Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis on social media.

In an all-staff email obtained by CNN, Biden campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillon told staffers to "refrain from posting about the situation on social media unless otherwise directed."

"As you saw overnight, outlets are reporting, and President Trump has confirmed that he and the First Lady have tested positive for COVID-19," she began.

"First, rest assured that our campaign staff, in consultation with health experts have continued to take every precaution to protect Vice President Biden, Sen. Harris, their spouses and our staff. The health and safety of the entire team has been, and will remain, our number one priority," O'Malley Dillon continued.

"Second, as this situation continues to unfold, we ask that you refrain from posting about the situation on social media unless otherwise directed by your manager," she added. "We will share additional information and guidance with you as we have it."

The president and first lady Melania Trump both tested positive for the coronavirus early Friday morning.

Biden is reportedly being tested for the virus this morning amid the president's announcement. Every campaign staff member who attended the first presidential debate in Cleveland on Tuesday is also expected to be undergo testing today, NBC reported.

Harris was reportedly tested Thursday as part of the campaign's routine testing and the diagnosis came out negative, according to a campaign aide.

Newsweek reached out to the Biden campaign for comment, but did not hear back before publication.

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Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden gestures during a campaign stop outside Johnstown Train Station September 30, 2020 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Biden's campaign has told all staffers to refrain from posting about Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis on social media. Alex Wong/Getty

Biden was scheduled to travel to Michigan on Friday, but it is unclear if the trip will still be taking place.

Trump is expected to quarantine for 14 days following his diagnosis, temporarily suspending his campaign trail. The president was expected to take part in a roundtable in Washington D.C. on Friday, before travelling to Florida for a Make America Great Again event. All of the president's in-person events for the day have been cancelled.

As well-wishes poured in from many public figures, users on Twitter were quick to ask the Democratic nominee to address the president's positive test.

"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," Biden tweeted Friday morning.

Harris joined the former vice president saying that her and her husband "join Joe Biden and Dr. Biden in wishing President Trump and the First Lady a full and speedy recovery. We're keeping them and the entire Trump family in our thoughts."