Melania Trump forced to skip campaign event due to ‘lingering cough’

President Donald Trump has resumed a full schedule of campaign rallies after recovering from his COVID-19 infection earlier this month, but others in his inner circle did not fare so well in their bouts with the pandemic virus.

First Lady Melania Trump, for example, reportedly skipped a planned appearance at a Pennsylvania event on Tuesday due to a “lingering cough” brought on by the coronavirus, as reported by The Hill.

“Roller coaster of symptoms”

Stephanie Grisham, Mrs. Trump’s chief of staff, confirmed the update in a statement earlier in the day.

Both the president and his wife were among several prominent figures who tested positive for COVID-19.

Following a weekend stay at Walter Reed Medical Center, where he received multiple experimental treatments, the president was discharged and soon resumed his normal schedule, according to NPR.

As for Melania Trump, a statement on Oct. 14 confirmed that she had since tested negative, though she was transparent about a “roller coaster of symptoms” she experienced “all at once.”

In addition to her and her husband, the announcement confirmed that their son, Barron, also tested positive for the virus, but fortunately “exhibited no symptoms.”

“An abundance of caution”

According to The Hill, Grisham’s statement on Tuesday confirmed that the first lady “continues to feel better every day following her recovery from COVID-19, but with a lingering cough, and out of an abundance of caution, she will not be traveling today.”

The president, however, arrived as scheduled in Erie that night for an appearance in front of a packed crowd of supporters.

During his remarks, he blamed the pandemic for putting the district in play ahead of Election Day.

“Before the plague came in, I had it made,” Trump said, according to Business Insider. “I wasn’t coming to Erie. I mean, I have to be honest, there’s no way I was coming. I didn’t have to. I would’ve called you and said, ‘Hey, Erie. You know, if you have a chance, get out and vote.’ We had this thing won.”

It remains unclear whether the president’s wife will be able to join him on the campaign trail before Nov. 3, but she maintained optimism in her statement earlier this month: “I am happy to report that I have tested negative and hope to resume my duties as soon as I can.”

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