Trump Shares First Video After COVID Diagnosis, Says 'I Think I'm Doing Very Well'

In the first video shared by President Donald Trump since his COVID diagnosis, the president told Americans that he's going to Walter Reed hospital but is "doing very well."

"I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support," the president said in a video shared to Twitter. "I'm going to Walter Reed hospital. I think I'm doing very well but we're going to make sure that things work out. The first lady is doing very well."

"So thank you I appreciate it, I will never forget it," he added.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020

Trump has displayed mild symptoms, including fatigue, of the coronavirus after announcing he tested positive in the early hours of Friday morning. First lady Melania Trump, who also tested positive, has displayed a "mild cough and headache," according to White House physician Sean Conley.

In a health update, Conley confirmed that the president has received a single 8 gram dose of Regeneron's polyclonal antibody cocktail. He has also been taking zinc, vitamin D, famotidine, melatonin and a daily aspirin.

"As of this afternoon the President remains fatigued but in good spirits," Conley said. "He's being evaluated by a team of experts, and together we'll be making recommendations to the President and First Lady in regards to next best steps."

Newsweek reached out to the White House for further information.

News of the president and first lady's coronavirus infection came hours after one of Trump's closest aides, Hope Hicks, tested positive for the virus. She had recently traveled with the president on Air Force One to his first debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday.

"This evening I have received confirmation that both President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 Virus," Conley said in a statement on Friday. He added that the president will "continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering."

If Trump's condition renders him medically incapacitated, power could be transfered to Vice President Mike Pence, who has tested negative along with second lady Karen Pence, on Friday morning. "This morning, Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for COVID-19. Vice President Pence remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery," Pence spokesperson Devin O'Malley wrote on Twitter.

Trump and his inner circle will now be required to quarantine for 15 days.

As of October 2, the coronavirus has infected over 7,500,000 people, with over 213,000 deaths caused by the disease in the United States.

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Presidet Donald Trump recorded a video for Twitter before he left for Walter Reed. Drew Angerer/Getty