Pritzker, Lightfoot wish president, first lady a 'speedy recovery' after Trump tests positive for coronavirus; local leaders react

Chicago early voters say they're not surprised

Saturday, October 3, 2020
Trump wished 'speedy recovery' by local leaders after positive COVID-19 test
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Gov. JB Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and more local leaders are reacting to the news of the president's positive COVID-19 test.

After news broke early Friday that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19, reactions began to pour in from both global leaders and local ones.

Gov. JB Pritzker said in a statement that he "wishes the President and First Lady a speedy recovery."

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin echoed Pritzker in a tweet, saying "Wishing the President and First Lady a speedy recovery from this dangerous coronavirus."

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth also wished the pair a full recovery in a tweet.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined in, saying in a statement she "wishes the President and First Lady a speedy recovery from COVID-19. Let this be a reminder to us all that COVID-19 is real, remains present, and powerful. Please wear a mask."

Voters in the suburbs and the city had mixed reactions.

"I'm not entirely surprised with the way coronavirus has been spreading," said Maggie Durkin, who was voting early in DuPage County. "I figured at some point in time someone was going to get it with the campaigning and the debates."

"I'm not concerned with it," said Terry Zaio, also voting in DuPage County. "He's a healthy person to begin with."

"I don't want him to be sick but I think it's gonna have a big effect on how things go from here," said Kathleen Weinberg, who voted early in Chicgao.

Chicago Alderman Raymond Lopez of the 15th Ward said in a tweet that he's praying for Trump and the first lady.

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"Hoping this brings some newfound humility & respect for the millions of Americans confronting this virus w/o the resources needed to survive," Lopez said.

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U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Peoria, said in a tweet that his prayers are with the Trumps.

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, tweeted his wishes for "a swift & safe recovery."

Chicago activist Father Michael Pfleger said those rejoicing at the Trumps' testing positive is wrong, but he prays "that this will allow him to tell us to take this seriously."

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers sent his best wishes to the president and first lady in a tweet.

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said in a Facebook post that he and Patti "will never forget President Trump's kindness to us."

The president said he and the first lady are self-isolating; he is expected to continue carrying out his duties while recovering.

"Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately," Trump tweeted. "We will get through this TOGETHER!"

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Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence tested negative later Friday morning.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden also tested negative later Friday.

As early Chicago voters gathered outside the Loop Super Site Friday morning, some said the president's diagnosis did not come as a shock.

"It's a reality check for him and others who were going around not wearing masks and not protecting themselves and others against the pandemic," voter Dana Pointer said.

The president's age has some voter's worried. Trump is 74.

"I don't want him to be sick, but I think it's gonna have a big effect on how things go from here," early voter Kathleen Weinberg said. "He's a high risk person as an older person. He could not do well."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.