Get well messages for U.S. President Donald Trump poured in from foreign capitals on Friday (October 2) after he and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus..
Most diplomatic responses to news that Trump and his wife Melania had tested positive for COVID-19 observed the niceties, while governments everywhere assessed how it might impact the outcome of next month’s U.S. election.
“My best wishes to @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS Melania for a speedy recovery. Hope both of you will get better soon!” Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a Tweet.
Warmth and concern for Trump was more plentiful in Israel and Taiwan, two governments that treasure their friendship with the United States.
“Like millions of Israelis, Sara and I are thinking of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump and wish our friends a full and speedy recovery,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted, referring to his wife.
Trump, 74, is at high risk with the deadly virus both because of his age and because he is considered overweight. He has remained in good health during his time in office but is not known to exercise regularly or to follow a healthy diet.
Trump understated the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak in its early stages and has repeatedly predicted it would go away. On Thursday (October 1) night he said the end of the pandemic was in sight. He rarely wears a mask and criticizes people, including Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who do.
(Production: Louisa Naks, Seham Eloraby, Tanya Lezaic)