At 74 years old, Trump is considered to be in the 'at risk category' and his positive test could throw the election, which is just a month away, into disarray. Trump's opponent Joe Biden, who is 77, is also at risk.
Both the president and the first lady, as well as their inner circle, will now have to go into quarantine for 15 days, however another debate between Trump and Biden is set for 15 October.
Since the start of the pandemic, Trump has maintained that the virus would simply 'go away' and hasn't encouraged social distancing or any other precautions at his recent campaign rallies, as well downplaying the dangers and at one point calling it a 'hoax created by the Democrats.'
Other world leaders and key figures have extended their thoughts to Trump following his diagnosis, including Boris Johnson who contracted the virus earlier this year.
Karen and I send our love and prayers to our dear friends President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS Melania Trump. We… https://t.co/M32wCsOhIj
Attention will also be on vice president Mike Pence as well as Nancy Pelosi.
Under the 25 Amendment, the vice president will assume power in the case of the president being unable to continue his duties, but if Pence is also unable to take the role, the power then switches to Pelosi, who as Democratic speaker of the house is next in line, meaning that she should probably be in isolation too.
Dr. Jonathan Reiner says on CNN that Nancy Pelosi should be in isolation right now, because given that they've been… https://t.co/Z8EMQ0YjqZ