President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19 and “will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately.”


WASHINGTON — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ office didn’t immediately say Friday whether she has been tested for coronavirus following the news that President Donald Trump and his wife have tested positive. 

DeVos, a prominent Michigander and member of one of the state’s richest families, attended an event with the president on Monday at the White House. The event was outside and DeVos was some distance from the president, but it was not immediately known whether they met more closely at some time before or after the event.

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Early Friday, after the president tweeted that he and his wife, Melania Trump, had tested positive, the Free Press tried to contact the U.S. Department of Education to ask whether DeVos had been tested and whether there was a result, but the requests were not returned.

Midmorning, DeVos did post on Twitter that she wished the first couple “a full and speedy recovery,” but made no mention of her own health.

On Friday, news media confirmed that another prominent Michigander in Trump’s circle, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, had tested positive for the virus after a family member also tested positive and was quarantining at her home in Northville.

On Thursday, DeVos was in Jefferson County, W.Va., meeting with students and school administrators, though media reports said she was wearing a face mask for the entire visit. DeVos has been a major supporter of Trump’s push to reopen schools despite the threat of the virus, believing it can be done safely and is best for students.

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