World News – FI – World leaders react to President Donald Trump saying he tests positive for coronavirus


Expressions of concern and good wishes for Donald Trump’s speedy recovery poured in from leaders around the world, after the US President said he and his wife Melania Trump had been tested positive for coronavirus and were in quarantine

In the wee hours of Friday morning, US Vice President Mike Pence, who will be tasked with if Trump becomes too ill to run the country, said in a tweet that he and his wife Karen are sending « our love and prayers to our dear friends President Donald Trump and Melania Trump »

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who had to be hospitalized in July after falling ill with the coronavirus, wished the first couple good luck He tweeted: ‘Best wishes to President Trump and the first lady Hope that they both recover quickly from the coronavirus « 

In March Johnson, 56, was transferred to intensive care at a hospital after his coronavirus symptoms ‘worsened’, according to a statement from Downing Street at the time

Later Johnson said medics were facing a ’50-50′ decision on whether to put him on a ventilator and plans were made on how to announce his death

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization, whom Trump has attacked for his handling of the pandemic, sent his best wishes to the President and his wife

UK Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick sent his best wishes to the presidential couple and the Trump family « We know what it’s like to have, in our case, a Prime Minister who has tested positive COVID, and putting politics aside, we all want to see his wife and get her better soon, ”he told Sky News

He added: « In the US they have a very clear protocol don’t they have, with the vice president, if that was necessary »

French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said: « It shows that the virus spares no one, including those who have shown skepticism. I wish him a speedy recovery »

European Council President Charles Michel tweeted: « I wish @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS a speedy recovery » He added: « COVID-19 is a battle we all continue to fight every day No matter where we live « 

A key European Union summit was postponed to September 22 after Michel was quarantined when a security guard, with whom he was in close contact the previous week, tested positive for COVID-19

In a telegram to Trump, Russian leader Vladimir Putin said: « I am sure your inherent vitality, good humor and optimism will help you deal with this dangerous virus, » according to the news agency Interfax

Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi also sent his support to Trump, saying in a tweet: « I wish my friend @POTUS @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS a speedy recovery and good health »

In neighboring Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan also posted a message online, wishing President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump a « speedy recovery »

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close ally of Trump, tweeted: “Like millions of Israelis, Sara and I think of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump and wish our friends a full recovery and fast »

Polish President Andrzej Duda said Poland and the « United States will go through hardships and succeed in fighting # COVID19 »

Meanwhile, the self-governing Taiwanese presidential office, which the Trump administration has supported amid mounting tensions with mainland China, said in a statement: “President Tsai, after receiving the news, addressed best wishes to US government through diplomatic channels, hoping that President Trump and his wife can recover quickly thanks to the professional care of the medical team « 

Read: Coronavirus Update: Global Case Count Surpasses 34 Million – With US Representing One-Fifth – As Dr Fauci Responds To Trump’s Mask Claim

Others have pointed to Trump’s cavalier attitude towards the virus, which has been to ignore coronavirus restrictions when holding campaign rallies across the country

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Chinese state-backed Global Times, tweeted that « President Trump and the First Lady have paid the price for their bet to minimize COVID-19 »

Other world leaders who have tested positive for the coronavirus include Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who announced in July on live TV that he had tested positive for the coronavirus Bolsonaro, 65, had repeatedly flouted social distancing, despite the country being the second most affected country after the US

Read: Brazilian doctors smoke as President Bolsonaro hid COVID-19 data and has now tested positive himself

In the same month, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went into isolation after his wife tested positive for the virus

Next Round of Debate: Mike Pence and Kamala Harris Vice President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden will face off in Salt Lake City on October 7, in Campaign 2020’s only Vice Presidential Debate

Lina Saigol is the London-based Corporate News Manager Europe, Middle East and Africa for MarketWatch and Barron’s Group

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