October 2: Trump's Covid diagnosis

By Veronica Rocha, Melissa Macaya, Melissa Mahtani and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 12:44 a.m. ET, October 3, 2020
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6:55 p.m. ET, October 2, 2020

"Everyone needs to be tested" who was near Trump, infectious diseases chief says

From CNN's Maggie Fox

Anyone who has been in President Trump’s inner circle should be tested for coronavirus infection and should not decide they’re clear just because they have tested negative for the virus one time, an infectious diseases chief said Friday. 

Dr. John Mellors, head of infectious diseases at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, said he would expect more people associated with Trump to test positive for coronavirus in the coming days.

“If both Melania and the President are infected, there will be other cases within the inner circle,” Mellors told CNN. “The President and his cabinet and the top levels of government really need to pay attention here."

Mellors added: “Everybody needs to be tested. Everybody who has had contact with him needs to be tested.”

One negative coronavirus test does not mean people should not quarantine or take other precautions to protect those around them, Mellors added. Tests are not 100% accurate.

“They ought to do some very quick contact tracing and isolation to stop the spread in the government,” said Mellors, one of the world’s top experts in the treatment and spread of the AIDS virus, who has helped organize UPMC’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“They are going to have to follow the science now. They should have followed it all along,” Mellors added. “This is an absolute wakeup call. Stop fiddling around and making this a political issue. Wear the masks. They work. It’s that simple. There should be federal and state mandates to wear a mask."

Mellors also disputed White House physician Dr. Jesse Schonau’s statement that Vice President Mike Pence has tested negative for coronavirus and thus does not need to quarantine because Pence was not a close contact of anyone infected.

“If he was in the Oval Office with Trump in the last week, then he was exposed,” Mellors said. 

6:44 p.m. ET, October 2, 2020

White House Coronavirus Task Force is "in the dark" on President’s health, source says

From CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta

A source on the White House Coronavirus Task Force tells CNN that they are "in the dark" on the President’s health developments.

6:53 p.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Trump tweets for the first time since revealing Covid-19 diagnosis

President Donald Trump tweeted a video about his condition on October 2, after being diagnosed with Covid-19.
President Donald Trump tweeted a video about his condition on October 2, after being diagnosed with Covid-19. Donald J. Trump/Twitter

In his first tweet since announcing he had tested positive for Covid-19, President Trump shared words of thanks and encouragement during a short 18-second long video.

"I want to thank everybody for the tremendous support," Trump said in a video posted on his official Twitter account. "I think I'm doing very well but we're going to make sure things work out."

Watch the video:

6:42 p.m. ET, October 2, 2020

President Trump spooked by coronavirus diagnosis, source says

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins

President Donald Trump leaves the White House before heading to Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on October 2.
President Donald Trump leaves the White House before heading to Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on October 2. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump was spooked after he tested positive for coronavirus and has become increasingly alarmed by his diagnosis as he developed symptoms, like a fever, overnight, according to a person familiar with his reaction. 

6:48 p.m. ET, October 2, 2020

President Trump has arrived at Walter Reed medical center

President Donald Trump arrives at Walter Reed Medical Center on October 2 in Bethesda, Maryland.
President Donald Trump arrives at Walter Reed Medical Center on October 2 in Bethesda, Maryland. CNN

President Donald Trump is at a military hospital outside Washington, DC, after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

Trump arrived at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland moments ago. 

See President Trump's arrival:

6:36 p.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Watch Trump board Marine One

President Donald Trump boards Marine One before heading to Walter Reed Military Medical Center on October 2.
President Donald Trump boards Marine One before heading to Walter Reed Military Medical Center on October 2. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump was spotted flashing a thumbs up while walking to board Marine One this afternoon.

Trump is on his way to Walter Reed medical center following his Covid-19 diagnosis earlier today.

See the moment:

6:41 p.m. ET, October 2, 2020

President Trump has left the White House for Walter Reed medical center

From CNN's Nikki Carvajal and Betsy Klein

President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House on October 2, as he heads to Walter Reed Military Medical Center.
President Donald Trump walks to Marine One prior to departure from the South Lawn of the White House on October 2, as he heads to Walter Reed Military Medical Center. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump walked out of the residence of the White House at 6:16 p.m. wearing a mask and a suit. He waved to the media but did not stop to talk.

Chief of staff Mark Meadows, also in a mask, followed.

He boarded Marine One at 6:17 p.m.

Watch the moment:

6:22 p.m. ET, October 2, 2020

What the South Lawn of the White House looked like ahead of Trump's departure

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, third from left, waits with others as President Donald Trump prepares to leave the White House to go to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 2 in Washington, DC.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, third from left, waits with others as President Donald Trump prepares to leave the White House to go to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 2 in Washington, DC. Alex Brandon/AP

CNN's Jim Acosta snapped a photo of press secretary Kayleigh McEnany wearing a mask ahead of the President's departure from the White House this afternoon aboard Marine One. 

She is standing with a group of people in the back of the photo. 

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6:11 p.m. ET, October 2, 2020

Obama sends his "best wishes" to President Trump

From CNN's Jasmine Wright 

Former President Barack Obama gave his “best wishes” to President Trump and first lady Melania Trump as they were diagnosed with Covid-19, during a virtual fundraiser with Kamala Harris for the Biden-Harris campaign.

“Let me start by the way, by just stating that we're in the midst of a big political fight. And we take that very seriously. We also want to extend our best wishes, to Trump and Melania," he said.

“Michelle and I are hopeful that they and others who have been affected by COVID-19 around the country are getting the care that they need, that they are going to be on the path to a speedy recovery,” Obama said.

"And it's important I think for all of us to remember that even when we're in the midst of big political battles with issues that have a lot at stake, that we're all Americans, and we're all human beings,” he added, "hoping that we can all be healthy."