President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., has been diagnosed with coronavirus, ABC News reported Friday.
A spokesman for Trump Jr. announced that he had tested positive for the virus earlier in the week. While the eldest Trump son reportedly had no symptoms, he still followed all the medical recommendations of his doctor and is set to make a full recovery.
President Trump tweeted Friday that, “My son Donald is doing very well. Thank you!”
Despite the best efforts of the Trump administration, coronavirus has still managed to spread through the White House.
Back in October, the president and First Lady Melania Trump both tested positive for coronavirus alongside several other high-level officials. Thankfully both the 74-year-old president and his wife made a quick recovery.
Donald Trump Jr. managed to avoid that rash of infections despite his girlfriend, Trump advisor Kimberly Guilfoyle, testing positive for the virus.
What was once terrible and worrying news has become almost routine as a slew of world leaders have caught the virus and beat it handily, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
More targeted response needed
If the Trump administration can’t stop the virus from spreading despite extensive testing and social distancing measures then how will we stop the virus from spreading on the national level?
Presumed President-elect Joe Biden has been calling for mask mandates and more lockdowns but those measures will likely do nothing but kill the economy and cost thousands their livelihood.
While it is good to here Trump Jr. is recovering well from his illness, it is far past the time to talk about a better response to coronavirus. The methods of the last eight months have not worked and we need a new plan.
While many on the left have pointed to these infections as proof of the severity of the pandemic, what is being ignored is the fact that these more elderly heads of state are beating coronavirus with seemingly little issue.
Coronavirus is deadly to certain subsections of the population and the pandemic response needs to recognize that. Coronavirus will continue to spread and the pandemic response needs to focus on actually protecting those at risk.