Washington (CNN) The White House is showing no signs of backing down from President Donald Trump’s refusal to condemn the virus his administration is currently spreading throughout the White House, despite pleas from some Republican allies to do so.

This follows the news that Donald Trump has announced that he and his wife Melania have tested positive for COVID-19. They will begin quarantine immediately.

“Tonight, [the first lady] and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately,” Trump posted on Twitter on Friday.

However, this has not changed the President’s attitude towards the virus, which kills hundreds of Americans a day.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday would not give a declarative statement denouncing COVID-19, instead pointing to the President’s past comments and insisting that he has not mispoken.

“The President, specifically, verbatim, was asked today: ‘COVID-19 — do you denounce it?’ To which he responded, ‘I have always denounced any form of that”

Asked if he condemned COVID-19, Trump told reporters: “I’ve always denounced any form, any form of any of that. You have to denounce. But I also — Joe Biden has to say something about antifa.”

Trump similarly argued during that the left wing was to blame for racial violence at ongoing demonstrations across the country.


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