U.S. President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 test has prompted him to host virtual campaign events ahead of the election.
Trump, who was previously scheduled to appear on Friday evening in Sanford, Florida, has opted to host virtual events while he and First Lady Melania Trump self-quarantine. As election day nears, the Trump campaign will host virtual campaign events and move others to a later date.
"All previously announced campaign events involving the President’s participation are in the process of being moved to virtual events or are being temporarily postponed," said Trump 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien.
Events involving other members of the Trump family, including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, both of whom tested negative, will be postponed.
“In addition, previously announced events involving members of the First Family are also being temporarily postponed,” stated the campaign manager. “All other campaign events will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we will make any relevant announcements in the days ahead.”
“Any further information about the President will come from the White House,” he said.
Stepien stated that Vice President Mike Pence, who tested negative for COVID-19, will continue to host his scheduled campaign events. Pence’s physician said in a White House statement on Friday that Pence “does not need to quarantine,” adding that the vice president “is not considered a close contact with any individuals who have tested positive for COVID.”
The campaign did not clarify if, and when Trump will be back on the campaign trail once he recovers.