WH Chief of Staff Mark Meadows: Trump Has ‘Mild’ COVID-19 Symptoms

By Melanie Arter | October 2, 2020 | 1:41pm EDT
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows arrives to speak to the media about US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, DC, October 2, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows arrives to speak to the media about US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, DC, October 2, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Friday that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump “remain in good spirits” after their coronavirus diagnosis, and the president has “mild symptoms.”

Meadows, speaking to reporters at the White House, said he talked to Trump “a number of times” Friday morning and “got the five or six things he had tasked me to do like I do every single morning.”


“I think the other thing that is critically important, the doctors continue to monitor both his health and the health of the first lady. They will continue to do that. They will be glad to provide some updates later today as we look at this, but I think the great thing about this president is not only is he staying committed to working very hard on behalf of the American people, his first question to me this morning was, how is the economy doing? How are the stimulus talks going on Capitol Hill?” Meadows said.

“A number of us in the core team of the White House continue to get tested on a daily basis like we have been, and as we look to that, we are very excited about making sure that not only that the health and safety of the president and the first lady is addressed, but certainly that we address this battle together as a nation together and the American people can rest assured that we have a president that is not only on the job, will remain on the job, and I'm optimistic that he’ll have a very quick and speedy recovery,” he said.

When asked to describe Trump’s symptoms and whether he’s taking hydroxychloriquine, Meadows said, “I’m not going to get into any particular treatment he may or may not have. He has mild symptoms. As we look at that, the doctor will continue to provide expertise in the residence. He’s in the residence now, and in true fashion he is probably critiquing the way I'm answering these questions, and I can tell you that a number of us will be reporting back to him on the task at hand.” 

According to the chief of staff, the “core” White House staff have been tested and results came back negative. 

Meadows said he expects other people in the White House to have a positive test result “as this virus continues to go on.”

“We've got the mitigation plan in place to make sure that the government not only continues to move forward but the work of the American people continues to move forward. So even as recent as this morning at a little after 8:00, the president was giving me a number of things to make sure that I get done, and I'm sure that I will actually have those do-outs have to be back to him later today,” he said.

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