Local and state leaders, politicians react to news of President, First Lady testing positive


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A number of local and state leaders and politicians have been sharing their reactions to the news of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump testing positive for COVID-19.

Here is a collection of some of the reactions we’ve seen:

“No one is immune to COVID-19. We must remain vigilant, continue to wear masks, wash our hands and practice safe physical distancing to protect ourselves and our community. Please join me in wishing the President & First Lady a complete recovery.”

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown

“My thoughts are with President Trump and the First Lady and I wish them a full and speedy recovery. This virus is vicious and spreads easily. Wear a mask. Let’s all look out for each other.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

I offer my best wishes to the President and First Lady for a speedy, symptom free recovery from COVID-19. This is another example of how the Coronavirus/COVID-19 is a non-discriminatory illness that can strike anyone. We are all human. No one, even the most powerful, are immune.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz

“News that the President and First Lady have tested positive for COVID-19 is an urgent reminder that everyone is vulnerable to this disease. While we wish the first couple a speedy recovery, these results should be a wake-up call to the Administration and an urgent reminder that we all must take this virus seriously.

The President is the Commander in Chief of our armed forces at home and around the world. That his actions and those in his inner circle could have made such a transmission event possible should be a cause for concern to our national security.

Wearing a mask, adhering to social distancing guidelines, and following the advice of medical experts and scientists is not political; its common sense and lifesaving. 

Last night, the House approved the updated Heroes Act, legislation based primarily on many of the bipartisan provisions included in the CARES Act, which provides relief to communities, families and businesses and invests $75 billion in the expansion of coronavirus testing and contract tracing capabilities.  The Senate should approve this bill without delay.”

Congressman Brian Higgins

Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here.

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