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Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis: World leaders and politicians react to the most shocking October surprise in history

What this means for the election, the markets, and Trump himself still remains to be seen, but the immediate reactions have been swift.

Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis: World leaders and politicians react to the most shocking October surprise in history
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It’s the most shocking October surprise in recent political history: President Donald Trump has announced he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19.

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What this means for the election, the markets, and Trump himself remains to be seen, but the immediate reactions have been swift. As is to be expected, social media is in a tizzy with everything from well-wishes to conspiracy theories to bouts of glee.

But what’s a bit more surprising is the lack of comments from U.S. politicians. While some politicians on both sides of the aisle have come out to wish the Trump and the First Lady well, many have held back making any statements so far—at least on Twitter.

That suggests that Trump’s opponents, such as former Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and other Democratic heavyweights are still deciding how to craft their replies. But it’s not just those on the left who have been hesitant to make public statements. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Trump’s children, and most members of Trump’s inner circle have yet to publicly respond.

In other words, Trump’s opponents appear to be weighing how to respond without sounding like they are saying “I told you so,” and Trump’s supporters appear to be weighing how to respond after the president spent the entire year downplaying the pandemic and, except in a rare few instances, refusing to take reasonable precautions, such as wearing a mask.

That means that, as of the time of this writing, the majority of the leaders and politicians who have responded so far are international. Here’s a roundup of what we’ve spotted so far:

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