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Factbox: Reactions to Donald Trump testing positive for COVID-19

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, who played down the threat of the coronavirus pandemic for months, said on Friday that he and his wife Melania had tested positive for COVID-19 and were going into quarantine, upending the race for the White House.

Here are some of the reactions, on Twitter unless otherwise stated:

TRUMP’S DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN

“Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery. We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family.”

U.S. VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE

“Karen and I send our love and prayers to our dear friends President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS Melania Trump. We join millions across America praying for their full and swift recovery. God bless you President Trump & our wonderful First Lady Melania.”

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI, TO MSNBC

“This is tragic. It’s very sad. ... Going into crowds unmasked and all the rest was sort of a brazen invitation for something like this to happen.”

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL

“Happy to hear the White House physician’s report that @POTUS and @FLOTUS are feeling well following their positive tests for COVID-19. Let’s continue to pray today and every day for our President and our First Lady and for all those impacted by COVID-19.”

FILE PHOTO - U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk from the Marine One helicopter back to the White House after traveling to Fort McHenry in Baltimore for Memorial Day holiday commemorations from Washington, U.S., May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Erin Scott

SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER

“I wish President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump and any White House staff members who are infected a speedy recovery. I join the nation in praying for the First Family’s health and safety. The infection of the President, First Lady and a close aide require that the White House immediately conduct a contact tracing regime that follows CDC guidelines, as well as thorough testing and isolation for those who were exposed to infection risk.”

MARY TRUMP, THE PRESIDENT’S NIECE

“I reserve my sympathy, empathy, and despair for those who are sick and for those who have died because they were misled, lied to, or ignored.”

FRANCE’S GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN GABRIEL ATTAL ON TV

“This demonstrates that the virus spares no one, including those who have shown skepticism. I wish him a swift recovery.”

HU XIJIN, EDITOR IN CHIEF OF CHINA’S GLOBAL TIMES

“President Trump and the first lady have paid the price for his gamble to play down the COVID-19. The news shows the severity of the US’ pandemic situation. It will impose a negative impact on the image of Trump and the US, and may also negatively affect his re-election.”

CHINA DAILY, THE OFFICIAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE NEWSPAPER, IN AN ARTICLE

“The positive test is yet another reminder that the coronavirus continues to spread, even as Trump has tried desperately to suggest it no longer poses a danger. Since it emerged earlier this year, Trump, the White House and his campaign have played down the threat and refused to abide by basic public health guidelines - including those issued by his own administration - such as wearing masks in public and practicing social distancing.”

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION CHIEF TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS

“My best wishes to President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS for a full and speedy recovery.”

FORMER ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER SILVIO BERLUSCONI, WHO CAUGHT COVID-19

“I want to pass on my best wishes to President Trump, his wife and staff, and all the victims of COVID-19. I know this disease from personal experience. It can be treacherous, but it can be overcome if you are correct and courageous.”

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON, WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 IN MARCH

“My best wishes to President Trump and the First Lady. Hope they both have a speedy recovery from coronavirus.”

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN IN A TELEGRAM TO TRUMP

“I am certain that your inherent vitality, good spirits and optimism will help you cope with this dangerous virus.”

ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU

“Like millions of Israelis, Sara and I are thinking of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump and wish our friends a full and speedy recovery.”

TURKISH PRESIDENT RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN

“I wish a speedy recovery to U.S. President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS Melania Trump, who tested positive for COVID-19.”

“I sincerely hope that they will overcome the quarantine period without problems and regain their health as soon as possible.”

U.S. REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE JIM JORDAN, TO FOX NEWS

“The president will beat it. The president’s beat just about anything that’s been thrown at him the last four years. I’ll think he’ll beat this too.”

UK HOUSING MINISTER ROBERT JENRICK, TO SKY NEWS

“All of us want to send our best wishes to President Trump, the first lady and the Trump family and wish them a speedy recovery.

“We know what it’s like to have, in our case a prime minister who tested positive for COVID, and setting aside politics we all want to see him and his wife get better soon.”

Other leaders who sent Trump and his wife their best wishes on Friday included Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore, Kim Coghill, Raissa Kasolowsky, Andrew Heavens and Jonathan Oatis

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