Donald Trump, 74, is showing “mild symptoms” of coronavirus after he and first lady Melania tested positive. But US politics professor, Scott Lucas, has warned that the US President will not be able to continue campaigning while self-isolating at the White House. He noted Mr Trump had been “counting on rallies to raise his profile”.
Speaking to LBC, Professor Lucas said: “With just over four weeks to go, it takes him off of the campaign trail.
“He cannot have these large rallies that he was counting on to raise his profile.
“Technically he cannot campaign from inside the White House.
“Now whether he will try to break that, we’ll see.
“One thing is he will use White House appearances to answer reporters questions but two weeks from now he is due to omit Joe Biden in the second presidential debate.
“Will they set it up in a White House studio or does he pull out?
“If he appears, does he finally wear a mask and actually acknowledge the threat of the virus?”
Mr Trump announced his diagnosis in a tweet in the early hours of Friday, following a positive test from one of his closest aides.
Mr Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis is the latest among world leaders, with Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier also falling ill.
While waiting for the results of his test following Ms Hicks’ diagnosis, Mr Trump said he had found it difficult to socially distance while meeting members of the armed forces.
He told Fox News: “It’s very hard when you’re with soldiers, when you’re with airmen, when you’re with the marines, and with the police officers, I’m with them so much.
“And when they come over to you it’s very hard to say ‘stay back, stay back’ you know, it’s a tough kind of a situation, it’s a terrible thing.”