The president and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Governor Wanda Vázquez wished the president of the United States, Donald Trump, a speedy recovery this morning, who revealed last night that he and his wife had tested positive for COVID-19.
The first president was scheduled to participate today in a Trump political event in the city of Sanford, Florida.
“Our best wishes for recovery and health to President Trump and @Flotus,” said the Governor, referring to the Twitter account of the first president, Melania Trump.
“I am confident that they will quickly recover to take up the important issues about the United States and Puerto Rico that I had scheduled to discuss in our meeting,” he said.
Similarly, this morning figures from the New Progressive Party (PNP) spoke about Trump's diagnosis and how it will impact the presidential race.
“Without a doubt it has an impact on the campaign on the way to the November election, since its public appearances are limited and having contact with the people in its activities in potentially important states to convince voters, such as the Hispanic vote, in Puerto Ricans especially , ”Senator Nelson Cruz Santiago said in written statements.
Trump has tried to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on multiple occasions, he has given recommendations to treat the condition that have been refuted by experts even within his work team. He even said that the virus would go away with the summer heat, he has shown resistance to wearing a mask and has insisted on holding massive campaign events without seeking physical distancing among his followers.
Representative José Aponte Hernández recalled precisely Trump's attitude towards the virus.
“These are situations to which we are all exposed and some of us take greater prevention measures and others do not take any. I do not know if outside of public events he wears a mask, but we know that the group of people who approach him is limited, “said Aponte Hernández.
The Penepé leader acknowledged that the presidential campaign in the United States will be affected by Trump's diagnosis and that the first president would have to adopt changes in his lifestyle.
“But he has insisted on wearing a mask and you have to see the instructions he is going to give,” he said.
Also Republican José Enrique Meléndez stressed that Trump, aged 74, is among the group most at risk to face complications.
“This shows that this virus does not discriminate because of anything, not race, origin, social status or position you occupy. Everyone is at risk. The president had minimized the impact of the pandemic, he also recognized that it is a very serious matter and he is having rallies where there are a lot of people and that exposure can not only cause a problem for him, but also with people who do not comply with social distancing in their own events, “said Meléndez .”
The representative anticipated that Trump, as long as the disease allows him, will try to communicate with his electorate through social networks.