What Donald Trump's Physician Said About President Testing Positive for COVID-19

The White House physician has released a statement after President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for coronavirus, noting that the pair are feeling "well" at this time.

In a statement—released through White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany—Physician Sean Conley said he was giving further information on the condition of the president and the first lady, with the couple's permission.

"This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus," Conley wrote.

"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 then went on to say that medical staff would be monitoring the president and first lady closely over the coming days.

"The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country's greatest medical professionals and institutions," Conley added.

"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."

The memorandum did not disclose whether or not the president or first lady were experiencing any symptoms as a result of the infection.

The president is 74 years old and—according to his latest physical exam in June—is obese, which means he is at a particularly high-risk from COVID-19.

Early on Friday morning, the president tweeted: "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 first lady also tweeted on Friday to address the positive test results.

"As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together."

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U.S. President Donald Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C, on October 1, 2020. The president and first lady have both tested positive for coronavirus. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

On Thursday night, the president said that he and the first lady were planning to go into quarantine after Hope Hicks, one of his closest aides, tested positive for the virus.

"Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!" the president said in a tweet on Thursday.