TOKYO (AP) — News that the world’s most powerful man was infected with the world’s most notorious disease dominated screens large and small, drawing instant reactions of shock, sympathy, undisguised glee and, of course, the ever-present outrage and curiosity surrounding President Donald Trump.

Trump's announcement Friday, on Twitter, that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, and the deep uncertainty that accompanied it, upended countless plans and sparked comment everywhere from presidential offices to the thousands weighing in on social media.

The positive test reading adds more uncertainty to investors' worries, especially about its effect on the Nov. 3 election between the Republican president and Democrat Joe Biden. U.S. stock futures and most world markets fell on the news as did the price of oil.

World leaders were quick to offer official sympathy from the top, while something approaching schadenfreude bubbled up from elsewhere. Trump joins a growing list of the powerful who have contracted the virus, including many who were skeptical of the disease.

“I'm sure that your inherent vitality, good spirits and optimism will help you cope with the dangerous virus,” Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote in a direct message to Trump released by the Kremlin.

World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted “My best wishes to President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS for a full and speedy recovery.” The Trump administration in July formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from WHO, although the pullout won’t take effect until next year. Trump claims the U.N. health agency is in need of reform and is heavily influenced by China. The U.N. secretary-general also sent in best wishes.

Italian right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini tweeted: “In Italy and in the world, whoever celebrates the illness of a man or of a woman, and who comes to wish the death of a neighbor, confirms what he is: An idiot without soul. A hug to Melania and Donald.″

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was hospitalized for a week in April after he contracted COVID-19, wished Trump a “speedy recovery.”

Dr. Bharat Pankhania, who advises Johnson's government on communicable disease control, said he hopes that Trump’s positive test sends a message to the president and other leaders.

“We need politicians, especially politicians like President Trump who has a lot of power and influence, to take this seriously and to support their scientists and clinicians in leading the outbreak management, rather than have political influence in trying to deny that this virus is in circulation and drag your feet around control measures because it suited your agenda.”

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, speaking at a weekly news conference, did not mention Trump's reluctance to wear masks when asked about his infection, but she said the news “reminded me of how widely masks are worn in Japan.”

Major media across the globe also played up the announcement, with bulletins crawling across TV screens in Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei, Dubai and Beijing.

“To say this potentially could be a big deal is an understatement,” Rabobank said in a commentary. “Anyway, everything now takes a backseat to the latest incredible twist in this U.S. election campaign.”

China’s official Xinhua News Agency flashed the news, and an anchor on state broadcaster CCTV announced it; there was no immediate comment from the government Friday, the second day of an eight-day national holiday.

The positive test result for Trump and his wife was the most searched topic in China on the widely used social media app Weibo a few hours after the announcement, with most comments mocking or critical.

One user darkly joked that Trump had finally tweeted something positive.

The Chinese government has bristled at Trump’s attempts to blame China, where the disease emerged, for the pandemic and called for global cooperation in fighting it, a message that has resonated with the public.

Hu Xijin, the outspoken editor of the state-owned Global Times newspaper, tweeted in English that “President Trump and the first lady have paid the price for his gamble to play down the COVID-19.”

Multiple Arab news media outlets on Friday continuously broadcast footage of Trump and his wife after the virus announcement.

Al-Arabiya, a Saudi-owned satellite channel based in Dubai, cut to a long live shot of the White House. Qatari state-owned Al Jazeera channel brought in four commentators to discuss the “prevailing state of uncertainty” in the United States, questioning whether Trump could effectively steer a reelection campaign and run the country from quarantine.

Iranian state television announced Trump had the virus, an anchor breaking the news with an unflattering image of the U.S. president surrounded by what appeared to be giant coronaviruses. U.S.-Iran ties have suffered since Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers and reimposed crushing sanctions.

Social media platforms were ablaze with quick reaction.

Would Trump blame the Chinese? Would he thumb his nose at his critics and enemies by breezing through the quarantine without serious symptoms, tweeting away from the White House? Would he become gravely ill, or worse, and, if he did, what would that mean for the U.S. election, one of the most contentious in recent history? What would it mean for U.S. leadership during tumultuous times?

While the uncertainty seemed palpable on a scroll through various social media in an array of languages, many comments seemed to revel in the announcement.

“Here comes a chance for him to actually try out his idea of injecting disinfectant into himself and fighting back (against allegations that) it was fake news!” tweeted Hiroyuki Nishimura, a Japanese internet entrepreneur, referring to an idea Trump floated earlier this year for treatment.

And the satirical Australian news site, the Betoota Advocate, posted a story with this headline: “Trump Family Records More Cases Of Community Transmission Than Entire State Of Queensland.”

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Lori Hinnant reported from Paris. Associated Press writers Danica Kirka in London, Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran, Ashok Sharma in New Delhi, Ken Moritsugu in Beijing, Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Rod McGuirk in Canberra, Australia, Mari Yamaguchi and Elaine Kurtenbach in Tokyo, and Colleen Barry in Milan contributed to this report.

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(81) comments

ma23464

I think trump getting the virus will help him. Especially if he is able to do the next debate somehow.

HappySeller2014

You watch, Trump will not take personal responsibility for getting sick. Yet he is now @ Walter Reed getting the best medical care possible.

Just let those two sentences sink in. And let those two sentences stand in stark contrast to what over 7M of our fellow Americans have suffered through.

And NOW, his entire staff waiting around the helicopter in masks? And Trump seemingly getting more nervous about his condition as the day went along?

Karma. Pure karma. It would not be a good look if he becomes a long-hauler, much less put on a ventilator while laying on his stomach by Sunday.

DickD

Does it make you wonder why he's at Walter Reed? He has the best doctors at the White House. Maybe they moved him because nine people at the White House have tested positive and it will be needed to disinfect it.

threecents

Any of the Trump fans here know why they are not giving him hydroxychloroquine??

threecents

Also, how long do you think it will take Trump to blame his infection on Faucci?

public-redux

He seems to be blaming troops and LEOs.

DickD

Must have been Faucci's fault, Trump is always right. [lol]

DickD

Biden told Trump that hydroxycloroquine doesn't work and scared bonespurs Trump listened. .Trump is mad at God for allowing this to happen to him. Doesn't God know how great Donald Trump is, God will be fired tomorrow.

DickD

Not a Trump cult fan, but could it be nobody ever believed Trump's nonsense.

jth7100

Too much testing led to this I guess. If they hadn't tested him, well, you know.

HappySeller2014

Karma is a...(everyone fill in the word(s)).

I know many believe God is their protector. God also said a man reaps what he sows.

There is a run on bleach, light bulbs and hydrochloquine this morning in the DMV. Local farmers and flea markets selling that stuff priced up 300%+ this weekend.

jth7100

The chances that this is true are 50:50. Could be a tactical move.

public-redux

I certainly hope the Trumps don't become half of yet another Benghazi.

matts853

Vlad is sending flowers to his Vice President.

DickD

Trump owes Putin so much for all the money Putin gave him in the faux real estate deal, so Putin could launder money.

phydeaux994

The ones I have sympathy for are the innocent victims who got sick and died or suffered due to the deliberate denial and hiding of information that would have saved thousands from the horrendous toll this infection has taken on our County. To turn 40% of our citizens against taking the most effective deterrents to slowing the spread of COVID-19, the simple wearing of a face covering when out in public and not gathering in large crowds, is unforgivable. The one man in America that could have had so much influence on the proper behavior to fight this Pandemic did just the opposite, and vilified those experts who would have helped us. We can only hope that Donald John Trump will now encourage everyone to help turn this nightmare around. We wish all those effected a speedy and complete recovery.

public-redux

More than 200 Benghazis yesterday.

olefool

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matts853

This isn’t a shocker at all, it’s karma at its finest. The man brought this on himself - and many thousands of souls who lost their lives - because of his wanton carelessness and malicious lies.

Trump lied from the outset by “downplaying” (that means lying) about the extent and lethality of the virus; belligerently mocked masks; lied about testing; failed to get PPE; muzzled the experts; opened too soon; and then had the audacity to say he did a good job through it all.

In short, he oversaw the biggest failure ever by a president to protect public health. It’s criminal. He made a conscience choice to save his presidency at the expense of actual human lives. That’s just a fact.

And because of all this, I no sympathy for him whatsoever. Do I want him to die? No. Do I want him to go down with all the ignominy he deserves? Absolutely.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@Matts853

I love this word----ignominy

Ignominy definition is - deep personal humiliation and disgrace...

NewMarketParent

@matts853 and PurplePickles

That is definitely a good SAT word. Thank you for that.

mrnatural1

Matt has all the good words! [cool]

shiftless88

I mean really; making fun of someone with a serious illness is horrible. It would be like making fun of someone you think has Alzheimer's. I mean, who would do such a thing.....

DickD

Three guesses, Trump, Trump, Trump.

huskycats

You're right C.D., it didn't take long. I'm saying a prayer for them both just as I would for ANYONE who contracts this horrible disease.

C.D.Reid

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] huskycats

threecents

So it's not liberal hype?

PurplePickles aka L&M

@huskycats

Me too....I'm praying for them too, i hope together our prays can make a difference.

Greg F

Tots and pears for them. Even that’s too much. They earned this by their sheer stupidity. It’s classic payback and Darwinism at its finest. Both now in the running for their very own Darwin Award.

C.D.Reid

"...whoever celebrates the illness of a man or of a woman, and who comes to wish the death of a neighbor, confirms what he is: An idiot without soul...."

Well said, and the idiots of fido's LLBTT (Liberal Left Bully Tag Team) will have a field day with this news. Or, as matts853 would say, "The cult is out in force today! Enjoy yourselves." [lol]

threecents

I am not happy about anyone's illness, but there is some satisfaction when these words some of us live by are affirmed: "As a man sow, shall he reap." Also, I am pleased if this wakes people up about the value of wearing masks.

NewMarketParent

@threecents

This is the same guy who criticized his political opponent for mask usage. I hope he recovers, but I am really reaching deep for sympathy.

threecents

I am not saying he is deserving of any sympathy - just that I get no joy from his illness.

phydeaux994

I get no joy from his being infected either. I was awake last night watching when they announced he was positive. My first reaction was anger. At the way he caused so much unnecessary death and suffering on the American people he was elected to protect. As we speak he is on his way to Walter Reed to receive the very best care and treatment and drugs that America has to offer. And he shouldn’t have had to go there!!! He alone is responsible for this debacle. But he is in Danger and I hope he recovers and apologizes to the Nation.

Greg F

I haven’t found one ounce of it yet. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

DickD

[thumbup]

PurplePickles aka L&M

@CD..TTPD

I am praying for Trump and the others, that they make a speedy recovery. Are you happy now? did I show enough sympathy for you? But you know this is what happens when irresponsible idiots are in charge. I hope I have enough prays for them?

Greg F

Praying...may as well crap in a bucket and hum a sad tune.

MRS M

Personal responsibility plays a role in Trump's current condition. His motto:. "I take no responsibility". His message to millions of listeners at Tuesday night's debate: masks are a sign of weakness to be laughed at. It is those idiots who still support this ignorance and lack.of personal responsibility by the President of the United States who are shameful. Truly shameful.

matts853

And whoever lies about a deadly illness, puts people’s lives in danger by refusing to wear a mask and directing others in his inner circle not to wear them either, tells the public that Lysol and hydroxychloraquine cure the disease

- is the biggest, souless idiot of all time.

NewMarketParent

@matts853

He should really ingest lysol and hydroxychloraquine on live TV to "own da libz". That would be the most 2020 thing ever.

mrnatural1

[thumbup] Matt.

joisma

Thanks!

shiftless88

CD; while I do not know many people celebrating the illness, POTUS is being deservedly mocked. But no worse than he himself has mocked others who were far less responsible for their current situations.

Greg F

Says a a guy who supports a pornstar payer while his kid is upstairs nursing.

Greg F

When you drive like a maniac, expect to crash. Don’t with him I’ll, but he sure went out of his way to make sure he took every risk. Zero sympathy.

Greg F

Don’t wish him ill. Stupid autocorrect.

MRS M

Sympathy? Why? Because the Commander in Chief of the United States has "led" our nation with words and deeds that demonstrate a complete disregard for the health and welfare of America's citizens? Because he unapolgetically and brazenly attends,supports and attends spreader events? Because he has downplayed and minimized the critical need for masking? By disregarding "the science", the scientists, the CDC and the FDA's recommmendations? By a horrifying hubris so inbred, so overwhelming, so ignorant and so selfish that the president of the United States does not believe that the laws of man, or nature, apply to him and his inner circle? Or sympathy for the members of his Bedminster golf club, who Trump knowingly exposed at an event last evening? I'm assuming the nations of the world are sending their sympathy to the United States of America for the 208,000+ Americans who have lost their lives to a pandemic that could have been controlled with capable and intelligent leadership.

matts853

I agree, Mrs. M. My sympathy is with the souls and their families that needlessly died and grieve because Trump politicized this virus at every turn with the sole intention of preserving his presidency at the expense of public health. There’s no question that he has blood on his hands. He failed to protect Americans, period.

Those who have died and their families are the ones we should be thinking about, not the selfish idiot in the White House.

mrnatural1

Well said MRS M. [thumbup]

vodalone

If you didn't see this coming you haven't been paying attention.

PurplePickles aka L&M

Yep I guess Covid-19 isn't a hoax after all. Trump's campaign is basically over so there's that.....

vodalone

Many world leaders have gotten the disease and none have died, Boris Johnson probably had the most severe outcome as he spent several days in the ICU. Saying that I highly doubt his campaign is over, based on data and statistics he'll most likely recover. Here's to hoping this experience humbles him and changes his outlook on things, but I highly doubt it, he'll probably just boast that if he beat it it's not that serious.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@vodalone

It’s going to take at least two weeks to maybe fully recover, Trump cannot hold anymore super spreader rally’s for at least two weeks and that’s if he fully recovers? So yeah the campaign is over at this point.

vodalone

@PurplePickles I am by no means a Trump supporter, but if you really think his campaign is over because he'll be quarantined for two weeks you're whether very naïve or delusional. This will no doubt hurt his campaign and most likely contribute to him losing, but his campaign is not over.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@Vodalone

I'm not saying his campaign is over because I think you are a Trump supporter, I really don't care at this point. I'm saying it because it's true:

“Mr. Trump’s positive test result could pose immediate difficulties for the future of his campaign against former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., his Democratic challenger, with just 33 days before the election on Nov. 3. Even if Mr. Trump, 74, remains asymptomatic, he will have to withdraw from the campaign trail and stay isolated in the White House for an unknown period of time. If he becomes sick, it could raise questions about whether he should remain on the ballot at all.”.....this is also a national security threat.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/02/us/politics/trump-covid.html

It's over, my dear it's over.....

vodalone

@PurplePickles

Nowhere in that article does it say he's withdrawing from the the presidential race and ending his campaign, where are you getting that info. from?

Don't count your chickens before they hatch, if Trump beats this virus he could gain sympathy and go on to win. You gotta play the game to the end if you're Biden.

threecents

I am with Vodalone 100%. Democrats becoming overconfident or complacent could hurt voter turnout for Biden, just as it did for Hillary in 2016.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@vodalone

I'm not counting my chickens before they have hatched, you are correct no where in the article does it say he's withdrawing, but logistically his campaign is over. It's over, Trump's campaign is over.

Do you really think IF Trump recovers he has a chance of winning a sympathy vote really? Now that I laughed at. I said Trump's campaign was over I never said a word about Biden's campaign did I?

threecents

Yah, as long as Biden's campaign doesn't have back channels to Russian and they don't make racist comments, he should be good. During the debate he distanced himself from the Green New Dealers that young Democrats are attached to. He needs to make sure Bernie and AOC will continue to strongly endorse him.

vodalone

@PurplePickles

I'm not sure the point you're trying to make here, you're kind of all over the place. I'm simply stating don't think because Trump got Covid he will automatically lose the election.

Dwasserba

"Many people are saying I have the best immune system they've ever seen."

Greg F

Ask Herman Cain how he feels about trumps debate statement his rallies had no effect on anyone. Because someone doesn’t die doesn’t mean there aren’t long term effects and permanent damage. Get a clue.

shiftless88

After all, almost nobody gets it

matts853

Well, at least there won’t be anymore pointless debates for Trump to showcase his idiocy. But he sure did make Biden look good!

EABiker

It's trump; he may be just lying about being infected so in a week he can say, " SEE its; NOTHING! OPEN everything BACK UP!

MRS M

yes, there is THAT, too, or that he is NOT positive, but would tell America otherwise.......a real concern, given the "character of the "man" and his administration. Also important to remember Trump knows his campaign has tanked, he is clearly not willing or able to accept loss, and he, quite sadly, a coward who lies. How "perfect" to have the White House reporting a medical event that would allow his resignation from the presidency....without he and his family undergoing the embarassment of a devasting loss for the world to see..

mrnatural1

I was thinking the same thing MRS M.

Essentially all the polls indicate that Trump will very likely lose the election. Not definitely, but the odds are not in his favor. So this could be a way to avoid a humiliating, crushing defeat.

TomWheatley

Giving it about one hour before comments will be turned off by the FNP ...

Kville

Yup, the haters are gonna hate on this one.

threecents

Trump religiously kept a mask in his pocket, so I'm not sure how this could have happened. Could it be that he was foolish during the debate when he criticized Biden for often wearing a mask?

MRS M

Haters? What about you, Kville? Do you believe that the POTUS has led with integrity? and has conducted himself in a way that has strived to protect the health and safety of ALL Americans? Or that he has taken responsibility for his actions in hosting and supporting spreader events?

Gentle reminder Kville: 208,000+ Americans have lost their lives to this pandemic, which Trump referred to as a democratic hoax in February. Fast forward to Tuesday's debate, where Trump continued to joke about Biden's use of masking. The majority of Americans are in mourning over the loss of life. You want to defend this president, whether he has covid or not? I challlenge you..............have at it, and good luck.

C.D.Reid

What does Kville's opinion of how the president has performed the duties of his office have to do with your, and your buddies, hatred for him? Seems to me that was the gist of Kville's comment.

MRS M

The majority of Americans, cd, who do not support Trump, are not necessarily haters. Rather, they are citizens filled with complete disgust after 4 years of incompetent and frankly ignorant leadership, highlighted by lies, lack of responsibility, deliberate devisiveness, proclaimed disregard for science, and disregard and disrespect for the lives of all Americans, of every color and creed. Sadly, hateful leadership begets what you might term hate, but in reality are truthful criticisms of a president who is a failed leader and a failure as a man. Should you, Kville and others here believe that rejection and rightful criticism of Trump's destructive actions and policies over the last 4 years denotes hate...have at it and defend your choice for president.

threecents

We hate the deeds, not the people.

NewMarketParent

@Mrs M

I know those are all rhetorical questions aimed at Kville as someone who is a follower of 45, has no personal integrity.

I guess it has literally been proven true in front of us:

Elect a clown, expect a circus

MRS M

phydeaux, I appreciate your mentioning of CD's, and others, patterns of hateful rhetoric and postings aimed at Obama, still ongoing after 12 years. And I believe you've nailed it perfectly, the evidence being cd's inabilty to come up with anything other than a silly and sad response of the usual nothingness. These people do not like pushback at any time to the "ideas" they're repeating from Fox and Friends, Limbaugh......and worse. They are used to the "high fives" they find in their circle of facebook friends, and have no defense to be put forth, other than the charge that anyone who disagrees with Trump and his policies is "a hater". I also believe that we have the right, and the responsibility, to continue to post and push back, to contradict the lies, the misinformation, and the bogus attacks they will continue to make and spread.

C.D.Reid

Wow fido, your LLBTT (Liberal Left Bully Tag Team) is certainly out in force today, but that's to be expected. You have trained your minions well.

NewMarketParent

WSHR's (Wrong Side of History Riders) gonna wish, just like cult's are gonna cult.

phydeaux994

CD, your BTT(BullyTagTeam) is out EVERY DAY from dawn to dusk, for years. Are you trying to make us feel guilty or shame us for not feeling sorry for the man/child who has brought on 4 years of HATE and RACISM to America and CONDEMNATION in the eyes of the FREE WORLD. And you and your ilk were the ones that brought him to us. Thanks CD, from Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, Xi, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Satan, and the rest of his friends. BTW, he doesn’t give a crap about your undying loyalty. 🦧🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑

Dwasserba

I don't hate. It's been hard to avoid knowing his opinions. I've tried.

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