Marine One has arrived on the White House South Lawn to take President Trump to Water Reed Medical Center where is expected to remain for multiple days after COVID-19 diagnosis pic.twitter.com/qOip61lrkP
“We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this together,” he assured Americans.
Mrs Trump also posted a statement, saying she and her husband were “feeling good”.
“As too many Americans have done this year, POTUS and I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19,” she said.
“We are feeling good and I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe and we will all get through this together.”
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison sent a private message to Mr Trump wishing him a speedy and full recovery.
The Trumps went into quarantine and got tested after one of the President’s closest advisers, Hope Hicks, contracted the infection.
Ms Hicks, a former White House communications director who returned to the administration as a counsellor to Mr Trump earlier this year, travelled to and from this week’s presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio with him.
She was also aboard the President’s helicopter, Marine One, for a trip to Joint Base Andrews yesterday. And she was aboard Air Force One for Mr Trump’s visit to Minnesota, where he held a political rally.
Mr Trump’s election opponent, Democratic nominee Joe Biden, wished the first couple well during a speech in Grand Rapids, Michigan today.
“My wife Jill and I pray they’ll make a quick and full recovery,” Mr Biden said.
“This is not a matter of politics. It’s a bracing reminder to all of us we have to take this virus seriously. It’s not going away automatically.”
He urged Americans to continue wearing masks and practising social distancing.
“Be patriotic. It’s not about being a tough guy. It’s about doing your part,” he said.
“Wearing a mask is not only going to protect you, but it also protects those around you.
“Don’t just do it for yourself. Do it for the people you love; the people you work with.”
Mr and Mrs Biden, both of whom were in the room with the President for this week’s debate, have both tested negative.
All election campaign events involving Mr Trump and his family will either be postponed or moved to a virtual setting as a result of his diagnosis. There is no word yet on the second presidential debate, which is scheduled for October 15.
Vice President Mike Pence, who has tested negative, plans to continue travelling.