From allies to foes, world leaders spent the weekend offering their well wishes to President Trump after he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday.
Some of his more liberal counterparts — such as Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern — had only positive words for the US president in his health fight.
“Sophie and I are sending our best wishes to @POTUS Trump and @FLOTUS. We hope you both get well soon and have a full recovery from this virus,” Trudeau tweeted Friday, referencing his wife in the message.
Ardern spoke to reporters on the campaign trail Saturday about the commander-in-chief’s diagnosis, saying she offered the president and first lady “New Zealand’s best wishes for a speedy recovery.”
“We’ve seen now several world leaders who have been affected by COVID-19, and I know that I stand with others in wishing [Trump] all the best, because this is obviously a virus that has globally had a devastating impact,” she said.
Pressed further on the matter, Ardern explained that she had no intention of disparaging the president at such a precarious time.
“It would be wrong in a situation where someone has COVID-19 to do anything other than to wish them well,” she remarked.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has maintained a generally collegial relationship with the president, said in a tweet released by a government spokesperson, “I send all my best wishes to Donald and Melania Trump. I hope that you will get over the #corona infection and will soon be completely healthy again.”
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