Merkel sends Trump ‘good wishes’ and hopes for quick recovery

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday wished US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump a rapid recovery after they announced they tested positive for the coronavirus.

Merkel sends Trump 'good wishes' and hopes for quick recovery
Merkel and Trump at a NATO summit in Brussels in May 2017. Photo: DPA

“I send Donald and Melania Trump all my good wishes,” her spokesman Steffen Seibert tweeted on her behalf.

“I hope that they recover well from their corona infection and will be quite healthy again soon.”

Well wishes were also paid across the EU for the US President, who announced the news on Twitter early Friday morning.

“Wishing @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS a speedy recovery. Covid-19 is a battle we all continue to fight. Everyday. No matter where we live,” European Union chief Charles Michel said in a tweet, referring also to the First Lady of the United States.

“My best wishes to @realDonaldTrump and  FLOTUS. I hope they both have a speedy recovery from COVID-19,” NATO alliance's chief Jens Stoltenberg said.

Yet the German media used the diagnosis to call into question the US president's leadership, less than five weeks before the Presidential elections on November 3rd.

“Thus the unthinkable became thinkable,” wrote Spiegel Online. “The most powerful man in the world, who had been playing down coronavirus for months, who had openly mocked the wearing of masks, who liked to present himself as invincible, has now infected himself.”


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