Donald Trump Hospitalized at Walter Reed Following COVID-19 Diagnosis, Nancy Pelosi Contacted By White House on Protocols of Continuity of Government

Donald Trump will be spending at least the next several days at Walter Reed hospital in Maryland after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

via USA Today:

Trump, 74, went to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, in what aides said was a precautionary move. Officials said they expected him to be there for a few days.

Trump boarded Marine One, the presidential helicopter, en route to Walter Reed, which is about 9 miles away from the White House, in his first public appearance since he tested positive for the coronavirus. Wearing a mask and a navy suit and blue tie, he gave reporters the thumbs up as he walked across the lawn but did not stop to take questions. 

In taped remarks before his departure, Trump tried to assure the public that he and the first lady were doing well.

“I’m going to Walter Reed Hospital, I think I’m doing very well, but we’re going to make sure that things work out,” Trump said. “The first lady is doing very well. So thank you very much. I appreciate it.” 

Following Trump’s hospitalization, it was reported that Nancy Pelosi has been contacted by the White House on protocols for the continuity of government.

Should Trump become unable to fulfil his duties following his and first lady Melania Trump’s positive COVID-19 diagnoses, Vice President Mike Pence would be in line to fill the role of acting president, followed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

This is going to be a wild next few weeks.

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