Local lawmakers react to President Trump’s positive COVID-19 test

MADISON, Wis. — Reaction continues to come in Friday morning from leaders across the world and locally after President Donald Trump announced he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19.

Gov. Tony Evers issued a statement via Twitter Friday morning.

Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker also shared his well wishes to the Trump family after hearing the news Friday morning.

Senator Tammy Baldwin took the opportunity to stress the importance of working to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Congressman Mark Pocan, a Democrat who represents Madison in the U.S. House of Representatives, also tweeted his wishes for a speedy recovery for the president, adding this should be a sign to the rest of the country that the virus needs to be taken seriously, saying “ignorance or arrogance or denial can be costly.”

Republican Congressman Bryan Steil also sent his prayers to the president and everyone else afflicted with COVID-19, saying he remains committed to protecting everyone’s health from the virus.

The president was scheduled to make two campaign stops in Wisconsin on Saturday before the diagnosis. Those plans are now in doubt after First Lady Melania Trump tweeted that she and the president are postponing upcoming events.

The president’s calendar for Friday was cleared after the announcement, except for a single call about how COVID-19 affects the older population.