Washington – US President Donald Trump’s 14-year-old son Barron contracted coronavirus but has since tested negative, First Lady Melania Trump revealed.
Mrs Trump said her “fear came true” when Barron tested positive for Covid-19.
But, she said, “luckily he is a strong teenager and exhibited no symptoms”.
The president and first lady also tested positive for coronavirus – as well as other White House staff – but has since recovered.
At a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Trump said: “He [Barron] had it for such a short period of time.
According to opinion polls, Trump is trailing his Democratic White House challenger Joe Biden barely three weeks before the 3 November presidential election, but polling is close in several key states.
The President said his son had had a mild case of the virus.
“I don’t even think he knew he had it because they’re young and their immune systems are strong and they fight it off.”
“Barron is beautiful and he is free,” Trump added.
The president cited his son’s recovery as a reason why American school should reopen as soon as possible. This is a move that’s been opposed by teachers’ unions who fear their members could be infected by students.
“Barron’s tested positive. Within, like, two seconds it was Barron is just fine now. He’s tested negative, right?
“Because it happens. People have it and it goes. Get the kids back to school.” He said to the crowd.