– by Aishwarya Nair and Christian Rttger
Washington / Berlin (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump said he was infected with the corona virus.
He and his wife Melania had tested positive, said the 74-year-old on Twitter on Friday night. The couple will immediately go into quarantine and begin the recovery process. “We’ll survive this together!” Trump is in the middle of the hot election campaign phase. The US presidential election is scheduled for November 3rd.
On Thursday evening, Trump announced that his top advisor Hope Hicks had tested positive for the corona virus. According to media reports, she traveled to Cleveland with Trump on Tuesday for the first TV duel against the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in the Air Force One presidential machine.
Critics have been accusing Trump of failing to contain the corona pandemic for months. He himself rejects this. According to an evaluation by the Reuters news agency, more than 7.3 million cases have been confirmed in the USA, more than in any other country. More than 207,900 people died. Older people, among others, are particularly at risk.