Following the revelation of First Lady Jill Biden’s positive COVID-19 test, President Joe Biden has tested negative for the virus and is set to continue with his schedule. Despite concerns about the potential impact on his foreign travel plans, including attending the G20 summit in India, the White House has not clarified any changes to his itinerary.
President’s Negative Test and Ongoing Monitoring: In response to the First Lady’s COVID-19 diagnosis, the White House confirmed that President Biden underwent a COVID-19 test, which yielded a negative result. As a precaution, the President will continue to undergo regular testing throughout the week and closely monitor himself for any COVID-19 symptoms.
🚨 BREAKING First Lady Jill Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 this evening.
I hope you will join me in sending her warm wishes, positive vibes and prayers!
Get well soon Dr. B! 🙏 pic.twitter.com/2s9pnO6nng
— Chris D. Jackson (@ChrisDJackson) September 5, 2023
Uncertainty Surrounding Travel Plans: While the White House has yet to comment on the potential impact of the First Lady’s positive test on President Biden’s travel arrangements, his official week-ahead schedule, released shortly after the announcement of Mrs. Biden’s diagnosis, indicates his intention to travel to New Delhi on Thursday for the G20 summit. Following this event, he is scheduled to fly to Hanoi on Sunday.
Age as a Key Issue in Upcoming Election: President Biden, seeking re-election in 2024, has faced questions about his age throughout his campaign. As the oldest President to seek a second term, some Republicans have raised concerns about his fitness for another four years in the White House. However, Biden’s supporters assert that he remains physically and mentally fit to serve as President. The ongoing monitoring and test results will likely be closely scrutinized in the context of this important political issue.