Collins, others wish Trump a speedy recovery, urge vigilance
WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins on Friday urged the president and first lady “a quick, full and safe recovery” from COVID-19, and she’s encouraging people to be vigilant about the coronavirus.
“Our nation remains in the midst of a persistent pandemic, and we must continue to take the proper precautions to keep our families safe from the virus. We must also continue to work together to help provide the resources necessary to protect Americans from the ongoing public health and economic crisis,” Collins said in a statement.
The White House said Friday that President Donald Trump was suffering “mild symptoms” of COVID-19.
He’d announced early Friday, via Twitter, that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive. Vice President Mike Pence tested negative for the virus on Friday morning and “remains in good health,” his spokesman said.
Democratic Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, who is running against Collins this year, tweeted: “Wishing the President and First Lady a full recovery, and hoping for the safety and health of all those in the White House.”
Trump has spent much of the year downplaying the threat of a virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans.
Democratic Senate President Troy Jackson called on Maine residents to “join me in keeping the President and First Lady, their staff and the individuals who attended the debate in our thoughts today.”