US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania have contracted the coronavirus.
They are doing well and plan to stay in the White House throughout their recovery. Equity and commodity markets reacted immediately to the news, going down. A few hours before this information appeared in the United States, the results of a study were published that showed that President Trump is the world’s main source of misinformation about COVID-19 and coronavirus treatments.
“The first lady and I tested positive for COVID-19 tonight. We will quarantine immediately and begin recovery. We will overcome this together! ” – wrote Donald Trump on Twitter.
“Just as too many Americans have done this year, President Donald Trump and I are in quarantine at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We feel good, and I have postponed all upcoming meetings, “- wrote Twitter in Melania Trump.
According to the attending physician of the head of the White House, Sean Conley, “the president will continue to carry out his duties without interruption during his recovery.”
The President and the First Lady are doing well at the moment, they plan to stay in the White House, – said in a written statement by Mr. Conley to the press secretary Donald Trump. – You can rest assured that I expect the President to continue to fulfill his duties without any or interruptions during recovery. “
Vice President Mike Pence, who in the worst-case scenario will have to take over the duties of the head of state, wrote on Twitter: “Karen and I (wife of Mike Pence – Kommersant) send love and prayers to our dear friends President Donald Trump and First Lady Melanie Trump. We join millions of people across America praying for their complete and speedy recovery. ”
Donald Trump could have received the virus, for example, from his adviser Hope Hicks, who was with him during a trip to Ohio to participate in a debate with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. She showed symptoms on Wednesday evening, but, according to CNN, she most likely was already a carrier of the infection the day before. It is curious that the members of Donald Trump’s team who arrived for the debate were without masks. Joe Biden’s headquarters told CNN that the candidate “is being tested for coronavirus on a weekly basis” and that “if he is confirmed to have coronavirus, it will be reported.”
Stock and commodity markets responded instantly to news from Washington.
According to Reuters, in the first 40 minutes after the appearance of the message, the futures quotes for the NASDAQ index fell by more than 2%, to the level of 11.3 thousand points, the futures for the S&P 500 index lost 1.8%, dropping to 3.3 thousand points. The October contract for the supply of WTI crude oil fell by almost 2%, its price rolled back below $ 37.7 per barrel. In relation to the close of trading on Thursday, futures contracts for WTI lost 2-2.7%.
In the foreign exchange market, the dollar also began to lose ground, although not so significantly. The DXY (dollar against the top six currencies) was down 0.16%. However, the decline against the euro was more noticeable – 0.3%, and the European currency rate rose to $ 1.173.