The Lincoln Project, a group of current and former Republicans who oppose President Trump, wished him and the First Lady all the best on Friday after they both tested positive for COVID-19, while saying they hope they do Diagnosis sends “a signal” to its supporters take the pandemic seriously.
“The Lincoln Project wishes a speedy recovery to the President’s First Lady and the many White House staff, campaign workers and those exposed to COVID-19,” the group said in a statement.
President Trump announced shortly after midnight on Friday that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 and would begin the quarantine process. The White House said they both have mild symptoms.
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The Lincoln Project wished the President well and also criticized him for what they perceive to be poor handling of the pandemic.
“The Lincoln Project sincerely hopes that Trump’s infection with COVID sends a signal to Americans who follow him to take this deadly disease seriously,” the group continued the statement. “From the outset, the president and his media cheerleaders have been sending dangerously irresponsible messages about the portability, severity and death rates of COVID.”
The Lincoln Project also cited February interviews recently published by journalist Bob Woodward in which the president said he had downplayed the severity of the coronavirus so as not to panic.
“We hope the president’s supporters will pay attention,” the group said. “This disease is not a joke; it is a killer.”
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The Lincoln Project was founded last December by current and former Republicans who made it their mission to “defeat President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box.”
The president and first lady tested positive for COVID-19 just hours after hearing the news that one of Trump’s closest advisors, Hope Hicks, had tested positive.
On Friday afternoon, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and Barron Trump tested negative. Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence, as well as many of the President’s cabinet members and senior administrators, received negative marks.
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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, whom the president debated Tuesday night, announced on Friday that he and his wife Jill Biden had also tested negative.
The United States has 7,260,465 confirmed cases and 207,302 deaths from coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.