Friday October 2, 2020

// October 2nd, 2020 // Daily News

Trump experiencing ‘mild symptoms’ after coronavirus diagnosis

  • President Donald Trump was experiencing “mild symptoms” after testing positive for the coronavirus, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows confirmed to reporters Friday morning.
  • The news came hours after the president disclosed over Twitter that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive.
  • NBC News earlier reported that Trump spoke to Meadows on Friday morning and is “in good spirits.”

President Donald Trump was experiencing “mild symptoms” after testing positive for the coronavirus, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows confirmed to reporters Friday morning.

The news came hours after the president disclosed over Twitter that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive.

NBC News earlier reported that Trump spoke to Meadows on Friday morning and is “in good spirits.”

The White House is discussing whether the president will address the nation in some manner about his diagnosis.

Trump, who is 74 years old and overweight, is in categories of people considered at high risk for adverse effects from the disease.

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife both tested negative for the virus, the White House announced later Friday. Pence is next in line for the presidency.

White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said in a memo early Friday that he expects Trump to “continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering.”

A White House official told CNBC that some staffers who were in contact with the president on Thursday are working from home on Friday.

“As this virus continues to go on, other people in the White House will certainly have a positive test result, and we’ve got the mitigation plan in place for that,” Meadows told reporters Friday.

Trump said in his early morning tweet Friday that he and his wife were beginning their quarantine process after the positive test. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines recommend people who believe they may have been exposed to the virus should quarantine for 14 days.

Trump debated Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday and is scheduled to appear in the second debate on Oct. 15, 13 days after he disclosed his diagnosis. The Commission on Presidential Debates didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on how Trump’s diagnosis would impact the debates.

The White House physician’s memo came hours after Trump said he would begin the quarantine process after top aide Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus. Hicks had traveled with the president to Tuesday’s debate in Cleveland and was seen not wearing a mask. She reportedly showed symptoms Wednesday night and quarantined on Air Force One on the way back from a rally in Minnesota.

Trump’s handling of the coronavirus has been a top issue in the run-up to the 2020 election. In the United States, more than 7.2 million have been infected and more than 207,000 people have died, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.

In a taped interview with journalist Bob Woodward, Trump said in mid-March he intentionally played down the virus in order not to “create a panic,” according to CNN, which published audio of the interview. Trump has pushed for schools, businesses and sports leagues to reopen even as cases of the virus rise, and has held campaign events where attendees pack closely together, many without masks.

The Trump administration’s messaging about masks has been inconsistent throughout the pandemic. Officials initially guided Americans not to wear them so they could be reserved for medical professionals, but health officials now advise most people to wear some form of face covering to prevent the spread of the virus.

 

Today’s Inspiration

 

Give Yourself a Head Start

Nothing will prepare you to face what you have to deal with at work, at home, in relationships, or in daily life like taking time to connect with God before your busy day begins.

When I first understood that I needed to prepare myself for every day by spending time with God, some of my children complained. They were teenagers at the time, so I told them: “Listen, you’re old enough to put cereal in a bowl and pour milk on it, and you should be glad I go to my study every morning. Trust me—you’ll have a much nicer day if I take this time with God!”

Yesterday morning, I told my daughter, Sandra, I was going to spend my early morning time with the Lord, and she replied, “Are you going to get nice?” We both laughed because we’ve learned that even something as simple as being nice to others can be impossible without that daily preparation in God’s presence and Word. I know many of us feel extremely pressed for time, so just the thought of adding something else to your schedule might make you shudder.

The truth is, the more you have to do, the more you need to spend time with Jesus. I don’t know how you need to adjust your schedule, but I do know that when you trust Him with your time—just like with your finances—He will give it back to you multiplied and better than it was before.

I can tell you from years of experience (both with and without putting God first) that it is absolutely worth it to take a few minutes before things get crazy to invite Him into your day. So, I strongly encourage you to stop trying to fit God into your schedule, make a decision to put Him first, then work the rest of your schedule around Him.

God is in charge of time; He knows how much time you need to accomplish the things you need to do, and He will protect and help you manage it if you’ll be intentional to spend time with Him first. He loves you so much, and He can’t wait to be with you!

Prayer Starter: Father, please show me how to make You first in my time each day. Thank You for the grace, strength and wisdom I need to face today! In Jesus’ name, amen.

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