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LATEST: Pelosi praying for Trump; top GOP official COVID positive

By Tim Darnell, Atlanta Journal-Constitution #local-all

President Donald Trump said early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that plunges the country deeper into uncertainty just a month before the presidential election.

Trump said he and Mrs. Trump were quarantining. The White House physician said the president is expected to continue carrying out his duties “without disruption” while recovering.

Here are the latest developments:

9:40 a.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she’s praying for the president and hopes his testing positive for COVID-19 might be a “learning experience” about the virus. “Let us all pray for the president’s health,” Pelosi said on MSNBC, adding, “This is tragic, It is very sad.” The speaker said she was tested out of caution and is awaiting results. She also warned against “brazen” behavior that allowed “something like this to happen”

9:33 a.m. NBC’s Peter Alexander is told it’s “business as usual” for the president, who is experiencing “mild symptoms.”

9:30 a.m. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were tested again for the coronavirus, with negative results.

9:27 a.m. Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, reportedly tested positive on Wednesday for the coronavirus, and was experiencing mild symptoms.

9:17 a.m. Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris wishes Trump and first a “full and speedy recovery.” She was not in Cleveland on Tuesday night when Trump faced Biden for the first presidential debate of the campaign. Biden and Harris have repeatedly urged the use of masks and have embraced social distancing to stop spread of the virus.

8:45 a.m. Democratic White House nominee Joe Biden and his wife send best wishes to Trump and Mrs. Trump.

8:38 a.m. Trump is reported to have minor symptoms, according to The New York Times. He was reported to be “lethargic” at a New Jersey fundraiser Thursday night.

8:22 a.m. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, fifth in the presidential succession line, tests negative for the coronavirus.

7:52 a.m. Vice President Mike Pence and Mrs. Pence both test negative for the coronavirus, according to Pence’s press secretary, Devin O’Malley.

4:44 a.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, fourth in line for presidential succession, said he and his wife have tested negative for the virus.

1:59 a.m. Vice President Mike Pence reacts to the news.

1:46 a.m. White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ staff said he has tested negative for the virus each day this week.

1:27 a.m. First Lady Melania Trump confirms the president’s announcement.

1:11 a.m. President Trump’s doctor said he will continue to carry out his duties “without distruption.”