Barack Obama and Bill Clinton Send Well-Wishes to Donald Trump as President Is Hospitalized with COVID-19
Barack said he and Michelle Obama "want to extend our best wishes" to the Trumps during a virtual fundraiser on Friday
Former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are sending their best wishes to Donald and Melania Trump after the president announced he and his wife tested positive to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Clinton, 74, posted on Twitter late Friday wishing the Trumps and all those exposed to the potentially deadly virus a speedy recovery.
"We wish the President and First Lady a speedy recovery, and hope for the safety of the White House staff, the Secret Service, and others putting their lives on the line. This pandemic has affected so many. We must continue to protect ourselves, our families, and communities," Clinton wrote.
On Friday, as Trump underwent a dramatic turn of health, Barack spoke supportively of the president's personal health.
"Michelle and I want to make sure that we acknowledge the president and the first lady at this difficult time," Barack reportedly added.
Barack said he and former first lady Michelle Obama hope the president and others infected by COVID-19 "are getting the care they need."
"Although we’re in the midst of a big political fight, and we take that very seriously, we also want to extend our best wishes to the president of the United States, the First Lady," Barack, 59, reportedly said during a virtual fundraising event with Democratic running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, and actor Michael B. Jordan.
The former president's comments were first reported by NBC News White House correspondent Geoff Bennett on social media. The event was closed to campaign donors.
"It's important, I think, for all of us to remember that even when we're in the midst of big political battles with issues that have a lot at stake, that we’re all Americans and we’re all human beings," Barack reportedly said, "and we want to make sure everybody is healthy."
Barack's well-wishes came almost simultaneously as Trump was flown from the White House on Marine One to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center hospital, where officials say the 74-year-old president was being taken "out of an abundance of caution."
Trump has lashed out at Barack in recent years, leveraging racist attacks about the first Black president's birthplace while routinely blaming the former administration for his own struggles in managing the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Barack initially sought to avoid a contentious relationship with Trump, leaving his successor a welcome note on the president's Resolute Desk at the White House on Inauguration Day, when Trump took office on January 20, 2017.
But after continued attacks from Trump, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Barack began pointing out Trump's flaws in the spring amid his criticized response to the pandemic.
More than 207,000 people in the U.S. had died from COVID-19 when Trump announced he and the first lady had tested positive, joining 7.3 million other Americans who have contracted the virus, according to a New York Times tracker.
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