WASHINGTON: Donald Trump’s chief of staff said Friday that he was optimistic about a rapid recovery for the president as he confirmed that Trump has “mild symptoms” after testing positive for Covid-19.

“The president and the First Lady… remain in good spirits,” Mark Meadows told reporters.

“The president does have mild symptoms and, as we look to try to make sure that not only his health and safety and welfare is good, we continue to look at that for all of the American people.”

Meadows added that “the American people can rest assured that we have a president that is not only on the job, (but) will remain on the job, and I’m optimistic that he’ll have a very quick and speedy recovery.”

“I’m not going to get into any particular treatment that he may or may not have. He has mild symptoms. As we we look at that, the doctor will continue to provide expertise in the residence. He is in the residence right now.”

Trump’s doctor earlier said the president and his wife were “well”.

Melania tweeted Friday: “I have mild symptoms but overall feeling good. I am looking forward to a speedy recovery.”

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his wife test negative for coronavirus.

 Joe Biden has tested negative for the coronavirus, his primary care doctor confirmed on Friday.

The Democratic presidential nominee and his wife were tested earlier in the day after news of President Donald Trump’s infection was announced.

Dr. Kevin O’Connor released the negative results in a statement issued by the Biden campaign.

Biden was on the debate stage with Trump for more than 90 minutes earlier in the week.

It’s still unclear if Biden will hold campaign events later in the day.

Biden, in a social media post, thanked his supporters for “messages of concern.”

He added: “I hope this serves as a reminder: wear a mask, keep social distance, and wash your hands.”

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