Local leaders send well wishes to President Trump, first lady following coronavirus diagnosis

State and local leaders from around the Delaware Valley are sending well wishes to President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump after they both tested positive for the coronavirus.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf during a Friday afternoon press conference extended his wish of a speedy recovery to the president and first lady. 

"I just want to wish the President and First Lady the best of health. As I think you all know, they both tested positive for COVID-19 and I just wish them both a speedy recovery, this can’t be easy"

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and his wife Tammy Murphy pointed to the Garden State's own struggles with the virus when wishing the president and first lady a clean bill of health. 

"If there is one thing we have learned in New Jersey over these months, it's that we pull together and support everyone fighting this virus," Murphy said.

Presidential challenger and former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted hope of a "swift recovery" for the Trumps just three days removed from a chaotic presidential debate.

Both Joe Biden and his wife Jill later announced they tested negative for the coronavirus.

Pennsylvania senator Pat Toomey, a democrat, took to Twitter Friday morning to offer hope of a quick recovery for the president and first lady. "Sending along best wishes to [at]realdonaldtrump and [at]flotus on a full and speedy recovery," Toomey said.

Democratic congressman Brendan Boyle, who represents Philadelphia's 2nd district, likewise sent a tweet offering well wishes. Boyle added that "far too many families have had to suffer because of this virus."

FOX 29's Steve Keeley caught up with Boyle outside of his office in Washington D.C. to discuss the ramifications of the president testing positive for the coronavirus.

"This whole incident has been another reminder of the importance of taking this seriously," Boyle said. 

Boyle, a Philadelphia native, believes the president's diagnosis has left America vulnerable and added that the White House must make sure Vice President Mike Pence is in a "secure location" and does not travel.

"I might be a democrat, I might be a strong supporter of Joe Biden, but this isn't a time for that," Boyle said.

Delaware Senator Chris Coons said the president's positive test is a reminder that we are all vulnerable to COVID-19. Coons, who said he tested negative Friday morning, wished President Trump and Melania a "swift recovery."

Coons, who revealed that he tested negative again on Friday, says he is praying for the president and first lady as well as everyone impacted by the pandemic that has infected 23.9 million and killed 1.02 million worldwide.


For the latest local news, sports and weather, download the FOX 29 News app.


Sign up for emails from FOX 29, including our daily Good Day Digest newsletter!