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-First lady says Barron Trump had tested positive for COVID-19
-White House says President Trump has tested negative
-White House says President Trump has tested negative
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 4:07 p.m. The first lady revealed that Barron Trump had tested positive but experienced no symptoms.
Monday, Oct. 12, 5:45 p.m. - In a statement, the White House says that President Trump has tested negative for 'consecutive days' and is not infectious to others.
Saturday, Oct. 10, 10:50 p.m. President Trump's doctor says the president is no longer at risk of transmitting the coronavirus.
Saturday, Oct. 10, 9:35 a.m. Ex-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he was released from hospital following treatment for COVID-19.
Friday, Oct. 9, 6:42 p.m. The second presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden is officially off. The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates confirmed Friday that the Oct. 15 faceoff would be scrapped. The decision was made a day after the commission announced the debate would take place “virtually” because Trump had contracted the coronavirus.Trump balked at holding the debate in that format, and Biden scheduled a town hall with ABC News for that night once Trump said he would not participate. Trump’s team later countered with a call to hold the debates as scheduled once the president’s doctor said he would be cleared to hold public events beginning on Saturday.
Friday, Oct. 9, 5:40 p.m. President Donald Trump and his team laid out an aggressive return to political activities on Friday, including a big Saturday White House event and a rally in Florida on Monday, a week after his hospitalization for the coronavirus that has killed more than 210,000 Americans. As questions linger about his health - and Democratic opponent Joe Biden steps up his own campaigning - Trump is planning to leave Washington for the first time since he was hospitalized. He is also increasing his radio and TV appearances with conservative interviewers, hoping to make up for lost time with just over three weeks until Election Day and millions already voting.
Friday, Oct. 9, 1 p.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled legislation Friday that would allow Congress to intervene under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to remove the president, insisting it's not about President Donald Trump but inspired by the need for greater congressional oversight of his White House. Pelosi has been raising questions about Trump's mental fitness since his COVID-19 diagnosis and demanding more transparency about his health. The bill would set up a commission to assess the president's ability to lead the country and ensure a continuity of government. It comes one year after Pelosi's House launched impeachment proceedings against Trump.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 7:10 p.m. The White House released a new update on the president's health, saying President Trump should be able to resume public engagements Saturday.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is questioning President Trump’s fitness to serve, announcing legislation Thursday that would create a commission to allow Congress to intervene under the 25th Amendment to the Constitution and remove the president from executive duties. Pelosi said Trump needs to disclose more about his health after his COVID-19 diagnosis. She noted of Trump’s “strange tweet” halting talks on a new coronavirus aid package — he subsequently tried to reverse course — and said Americans need to know when, exactly, he first contracted COVID as others in the White House became infected. Trump responded via Twitter.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 1:15 p.m. - In her weekly news conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "Come here tomorrow. We're going to be talking about the 25th Amendment." The 25th Amendment outlines succession of power if the president is removed from office or cannot carry out his duties.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 1:10 p.m. - Joe Biden's campaign rejects President Trump proposal to move date of 3rd debate.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 12:40 p.m. - The Trump campaign is proposing the two remaining debates be delayed by a week to allow them to be in person.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 12 p.m. - Joe Biden’s presidential campaign says because of President Donald Trump’s rejection of a virtual presidential debate on Oct. 15, the Democratic challenger will hold his own town hall event the same night. Biden spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield said in a statement late Thursday morning that the Commission on Presidential Debates should reschedule the town hall debate for Oct. 22. That’s the night a third debate was to take place.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 9:46 a.m. President Trump insisted during the Fox Business interview that he is ready to resume campaign rallies and feels "perfect." While Trump suggested he believes he's no longer contagious, his doctor hasn't provided a detailed update on his health since Monday.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 8:15 a.m. - President Donald Trump, who has the coronavirus, says he will not participate in next week’s presidential debate if it’s held virtually. Trump says in a Fox Business interview that that arrangement is “not acceptable to us.” And he’s accusing moderators of trying to protect his Democratic rival Joe Biden.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 7:30 a.m. - The second presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will take place virtually amid the fallout from the president's diagnosis of COVID-19. The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates debates made the announcement Thursday morning, a week before the two were scheduled to face on in Miami. The candidates will “participate from separate remote locations,” while the participants and moderator remain in Miami, the commission said.
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m. - President Trump is crediting an experimental drug treatment from Westchester-based Regeneron with helping his recovery from COVID-19 and suggested his diagnosis could be a “blessing in disguise" for the nation's battle against the pandemic - even though there is no way for the president or his doctors to know whether the drug had any effect. In a new White House video posted Wednesday evening, Trump said his illness had shed light on an experimental antibody cocktail that he credited for his improved condition. Seemingly sensitive to the fact that his treatment course is far more comprehensive than the care received by average Americans, he promised to swiftly get the drugs approved for use - and distribute it for free - even though he does not have the power to order that himself.
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m. President Donald Trump has been fever free for more than four days, symptom free for more than 24 hours, his physician says.
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 8:15 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says 'we shouldn't have debate' next week if President Trump still has coronavirus.
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7:10 p.m. An administration official says White House aide Stephen Miller tested positive for coronavirus.
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 12:45 p.m. - White House doctor says President Trump reports 'no symptoms' of COVID-19 as he continues recovery at the White House.
Monday, Oct. 5, 6:40 p.m. - President Trump leaves Walter Reed. Shortly before he left, he tweeted he will be on the campaign trail soon.
Monday, Oct. 5, 3:15 - In a news conference, President Trump's physician confirms that they plan to discharge the president from Walter Reed back to the White House later today.
Monday Oct. 5 2:40 pm,. President Trump says in tweet that he will leave Walter Reed Medical Center later today; says he feels 'really good' and urges people not to 'be afraid' of the virus.
Monday, Oct. 5, 12:15 p.m. Joe Biden says he's willing to go forward with an in-person debate later this month “if scientists say it’s safe,” even after President Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19.
Monday, Oct. 5, 11:30 a.m. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says she has tested positive for COVID-19, days after President Trump's diagnosis.
Monday, Oct. 5, 7:30 a.m. New Jersey health officials are contacting 206 people who attended Thursday's campaign fundraiser with President Donald Trump in Bedminster, hours before he announced he has COVID-19.
Sunday, Oct. 4, 8 p.m. Joe Biden's campaign says the Democratic nominee tested negative for coronavirus on Sunday as he plans campaign travel for the days ahead.
Sunday, Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m. President Donald Trump briefly left the hospital Sunday for a drive-by greeting to supporters gathered outside medical center. He previewed the motorcade surprise with a short video on Twitter, in which he also said he's 'learned a lot' about the virus he's battling, adding, 'I get it.'
Sunday, Oct. 4, 11:59 a.m. The president’s physician said at a Sunday briefing that President Donald Trump was treated with a steroid after a drop in oxygen levels on Saturday, but said that he's continuing to improve and could be discharged as early as Monday. Dr. Sean Conley said at a news conference on Sunday that he was given the steroid dexamethasone while he was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Conley said the president’s oxygen level had dropped down to 93% on Saturday.
Sunday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. President Trump tweeted thanks Sunday morning for a show of support outside of Walter Reed, the medical center where he remains hospitalized as he is treated for COVID-19. His tweet included a video shared by his social media director that showed supporters with Trump flags outside of the medical center.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 9:15 p.m. President Trump's physician issued an update on his condition Saturday night, stating that while Trump is "not out of the woods yet," his medical team "remains cautiously optimistic." The memo said that President Trump had received a second dose of Remdesivir and that he remained off of oxygen and fever free.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m. President Trump tweeted extended video remarks Saturday evening as he remains hospitalized at Walter Reed. "I came here, wasn't feeling so well, I feel much better now," the president said, adding that he looks forward to "finishing up the campaign." He also said Melania Trump is doing well, and he thanked Americans and fellow world leaders for their outpouring of support.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 6:10 p.m. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he checked himself into a hospital as a precautionary measure following his COVID-19 diagnosis. He said he's experiencing mild symptoms but cited a history of asthma.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 4:30 p.m. New Jersey officials have been informed that the federal government is conducting contact tracing investigations related to President Trump's visit to Bedminster this week. The New Jersey Department of Health and the Somerset County Health Department were already working together on a contact tracing investigation related to the events that took place in Bedminster on Oct. 1 to determine potential risk of COVID-19 exposure.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 3 p.m. President Donald Trump went through a “very concerning” period Friday and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care as he battles the coronavirus at a military hospital, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Saturday.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2:30 p.m. In a pair of tweets sent while he was hospitalized on Saturday afternoon, President Trump said he was "feeling well," and he also urged passage of a stimulus deal.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 1:09 p.m. An AP source said President Trump was administered supplemental oxygen at White House Friday before going to the hospital. His doctor had refused to say whether the president had ever been on oxygen, despite repeated questioning at a press briefing Saturday.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 12:20 p.m. US Senate cancels legislative work until Oct. 19 as positive tests among lawmakers raise fear of virus outbreak.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 12 p.m. President Trump's physician and other members of his medical team gave an update on his condition at Walter Reed on Saturday. Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley said the president is doing “very well” and has been fever-free for 24. He said that Trump's symptoms, including a cough and nasal congestion "are now resolving and improving." “He’s in exceptionally good spirits," said another doctor, Sean Dooley.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 11:48 a.m. Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said in a tweet that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 10:52 a.m. President Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr. said in a tweet that he has tested negative for the virus. He thanked people for their support of the family while the president battles coronavirus.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 9:30 a.m. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has tested positive for coronavirus, according to his office. He is the third Republican senator to test positive for the virus this week, along with Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).
Saturday, Oct. 3, 12:24 a.m. President Trump’s campaign manager, Bill Stepien, has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 12:03 a.m. White House Press Secretary sent an update on President Trump's treatment, saying that doctors have initiated Remdesivir treatment. The statement also said President Trump has so far not required supplemental oxygen.
Friday, Oct. 2, 10:27 p.m. Former Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway tweeted that she too has tested positive for COVID-19. Conway was among those in attendance at the Rose Garden event for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
Attorney General William Barr speaks with Kellyanne Conway after President Donald Trump announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Friday, Oct. 2, 9 p.m. Watch News 12's special report "Power & Politics: President Hospitalized" for a deeper dive into the news of President Trump's diagnosis and its implications.
Friday, Oct. 2, 8:33 p.m. Hillary Clinton tweeted her wishes for a speedy recovery of the president and first lady.
Friday, Oct. 2, 8:29 p.m. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) tweeted that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Tillis joins the list of high-profile COVID-19 cases that also includes President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, presidential aide Hope Hicks, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniels.
Friday, Oct. 2, 7:10 p.m. Former President Barack Obama tweeted to wish President Trump and the first lady a speedy recovery after they were diagnosed with COVID-19.
Friday, Oct. 2, 6:45 p.m. - President Donald Trump has arrived at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Marine One landed near the military hospital on Friday evening, and Trump was driven to the large complex.
-Friday, Oct. 2, 6:35 p.m. - President Donald Trump tweeted a video saying that he thinks he's doing fine as he heads to Walter Reed Medical Center after being diagnosed with COVID-19. He said thanks for the outpouring of support as well.
-Friday, Oct. 2, 6:16 p.m. Joe Biden’s campaign is taking down its attack ads in the wake of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus infection, according to a Biden campaign official who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal planning.
-Friday, Oct. 2, 5:21 p.m. President Donald Trump will spend a “few days” at a military hospital after contracting COVID-19, the White House said Friday. Trump was to depart the White House by helicopter late Friday for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, a White House official said. The official said the visit was precautionary and that Trump would work from the hospital’s presidential suite, which is equipped to allow him to continue his official duties.
-Friday, Oct. 2, 4:21 p.m. Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany shared an update from President Trump's physician saying the president received a single-dose antibody cocktail made by Regeneron. It also described the president as "fatigued but in good spirits."
- Friday, Oct. 2, 2:04 p.m. The Trump campaign says all events featuring the president and his family are being postponed following President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis. Vice President Mike Pence will continue campaigning.
- Friday, Oct. 2, 1:58 p.m. The University of Notre Dame’s president announced that he tested positive for the coronavirus less than a week after he attended a White House event without wearing a mask. The Rev. John Jenkins sent an email to university students and staff saying his symptoms were mild and that he would continue to work from home. The announcement came after Jenkins this week apologized for not wearing a mask during Saturday’s Rose Garden ceremony for Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee who is a Notre Dame graduate and law professor.
-Friday, Oct. 2, 12:27 p.m. - Joe Biden says in tweet that he and his wife have tested negative for COVID-19.
-Tune in to News 12 tonight at 9 p.m. for a special edition of Power & Politics: Presidential Quarantine. It will take a closer look at the developments surrounding President Trump's positive COVID-19 test and its aftermath. Watch tonight at 9 p.m., only on News 12.
-Friday, Oct. 2, 11:40 a.m. - On a teleconference with members of the media Friday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent best wishes and thoughts and prayers to President Trump and the first lady. He said putting politics aside, he hopes they get a mild case of the virus. Earlier Friday, Cuomo tweeted about the president, saying, "This virus is vicious and spreads easily."
-Friday, Oct. 2, 11:18 a.m. - A source tells the Associated Press that former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has been tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting his test results. News of President Trump's positive COVID-19 status came days after he and Biden squared off in the first presidential debate.
-Friday, Oct. 2, 11:15 a.m. - Melania Trump said in a tweet that she has "mild symptoms" of COVID-19 but said she is "overall feeling good."
-Friday, Oct. 2, 10:45 a.m. - White House chief of staff Mark Meadows spoke to the press at the White House Friday, saying that President Trump is "in good spirits" and remains "energetic" and engaged. "I'm optimistic that he'll have a quick, speedy recovery," Meadows said, adding that Trump is "on the job and will remain on the job." Asked by a reporter, Meadows declined to say what treatments, if any, that the president is undergoing.
-Friday, Oct. 2, 10:15 a.m. Speaking in the name of all 27 EU leaders, European Council president Charles Michel wished Donald Trump a prompt recovery after the U.S. president and his wife tested positive for coronavirus.
-Friday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m. - White House officials say President Trump is experiencing "mild" symptoms after testing positive for the coronavirus. A campaign rally that had beens scheduled for Friday evening was canceled.
-Friday, Oct. 2, 9:57 a.m. - Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who had helped the president prepare for this week's debate, says he feels fine and will be tested for COVID-19.
-Friday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m. - New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is urging attendees of a fundraiser with the president in New Jersey on Thursday to "take full precautions" after the president tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement, Murphy said, "[New Jersey first lady] Tammy and I send our best wishes to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a speedy and complete return to good health. If there is one thing we have learned in New Jersey over these months, it's that we pull together and support everyone fighting this virus. The contact-tracing process is underway. We urge everyone who attended yesterday's event in Bedminster to take full precautions, including self-quarantining and getting tested."
-Friday, Oct, 2, 8:45 a.m. - Presidential hopeful and former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted to say he and his wife Jill Biden are praying for the health of President Trump and his family.
-Friday, Oct. 2, 8 a.m. The White House said that Vice President Mike Pence has tested negative for COVID-19 and "remains in good heath."
-Friday, Oct. 2, 1:27 a.m. - First lady Melania Trump tweeted early Friday morning after she and the president tested positive for COVID-19, writing that the two are quarantining at home. She said they are "feeling good" and that she has postponed all upcoming engagements.
-Friday, Oct. 2, 12:54 a.m. - President Trump announced on Twitter that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19. He said they would quarantine beginning immediately. It comes after one of the president's top aides Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus.