U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on September 28, 2020 about the government’s testing plan for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
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LONDON – Executives around the world have sent their best wishes to President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump after the couple tested positive for the coronavirus.
The 74-year-old president said he and the first lady would now begin the quarantine and recovery process.
Prime Minister in Great Britain Boris Johnson, who had a major virus attack himself earlier this year, said: “I wish President Trump and the First Lady well. I hope both of them make a speedy recovery from coronavirus.”
Russian President Wladimir Putin sent a telegram to the White House, according to local news agencies, wishing his US colleague a speedy recovery.
“I am sure that your inherent vitality, good spirit and optimism will help you deal with this dangerous virus,” Putin said, according to Interfax.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also wished “his friend” a speedy recovery.
Meanwhile, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the World Health Organization who had received harsh criticism from Trump during the pandemic, also sent his best wishes.
A spokeswoman for the German government said that Chancellor Angela Merkel had conveyed her best wishes to the president and his wife and hoped that they would recover “soon”, according to Reuters.
European Council President Charles Michel said Covid-19 was a “fight we all continue to wage” and wished Trump a return to full health soon.
Polish President Andrzej Duda, who has a close relationship with the US President, wished his counterpart a speedy recovery. Poland and the USA would “overcome the difficulties and successfully fight against Covid-19”.
Back in Washington, Vice President Mike Pence led the messages of support and said that he and second lady Karen Pence prayed for the president and first lady. Pence will face Senator Kamala Harris in a vice presidential debate on Wednesday.
According to the Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 34 million infections with the coronavirus worldwide. Over 1 million deaths have been reported.