Melania Trump has 'mild symptoms' after COVID-19 diagnosis: 'Overall feeling good'

The first lady says she and President Trump were quarantining at the White House and have postponed upcoming events after testing positive for COVID-19.
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First lady Melania Trump says she is experiencing "mild symptoms" but is "overall feeling good" after she and President Donald Trump revealed Friday that they both tested positive for COVID-19.

"Thank you for the love you are sending our way," Melania Trump tweeted. "I have mild symptoms but overall feeling good. I am looking forward to a speedy recovery."

She had tweeted earlier in the day that she was resting at home with the president.

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

The president is also experiencing "mild symptoms" and is working from the White House residence, but it's "business as usual," a White House official told NBC News White House correspondent Peter Alexander.

The news of their diagnoses came hours after Trump tweeted that political advisor and former White House communications director Hope Hicks had tested positive, and that the Trumps were awaiting their own results. Trump later tweeted that he and his wife had both tested positive and would "begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately."

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"Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19," the president tweeted. "We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!"

Trump's doctor, Sean Conley, wrote in a memo that "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 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 continued. "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 announcement comes with 31 days left before the presidential election, which includes two more presidential debates, with the next one scheduled for Oct. 15 in Miami.

Trump, who is 74, has been criticized for his mixed messaging about masks, initially refusing to wear one himself and then urging them to use them in August. He also told veteran journalist Bob Woodward in March that he was intentionally downplaying the severity of the virus.

“No masking, no distancing — what did they expect was going to happen?” Dr. Vin Gupta said on MSNBC after the news broke.

A Trump rally scheduled for Friday in Orlando, Florida, was cancelled. The president was most recently in New Jersey on Thursday for a fundraiser and held a rally in Minnesota on Wednesday after his debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday.

As of Oct. 2, more than 7 million cases have been confirmed in the U.S. with more than 208,000 deaths, according to NBC News.