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PA lawmakers react to Trump's positive test, days after large campaign rally in Harrisburg
PA lawmakers react to Trump's positive test, days after large campaign rally in Harrisburg

Just six days before President Donald Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, he held a rally in Harrisburg.

Local lawmakers who walked side-by-side with the president shared their thoughts, Friday.

Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued a message to those who attended the rally at Harrisburg International Airport, on Saturday.

"If you were at the presidential campaign event in Middletown, we do encourage you to download the COVID Alert PA app. If you test positive you can alert those you came in close contact with anonymously through the app."

President Trump was greeted by his largest Pennsylvania crowd on the campaign rally to date. Reports estimate that there were thousands in attendance. But when did the president contract the virus? CDC guidance says the infectious period typically begins two days before experiencing systems. It’s recommended that anyone who attended to rally be tested for the virus.

Pennsylvania republican leaders were present at Saturday’s rally. Representatives Lloyd Smucker and Dan Meuser walked out, without mask, alongside the president. Scott Perry was also in attendance.

Rep. Meuser says he thinks it's unlikely the president was sick on Saturday and he is confident he will not test positive.

"I had COVID before and doctors stated, yes I have immunity for a 90-day period,” Meuser said.

Meuser did travel to Washington D.C for an in-person event but has opted to cancel future plans, including a state republican dinner, until he gets his results.

Rep. Smucker also voted on the house floor Friday, but in statement said he was administered a test and told his interactions with the president did not meet the definition of exposure.

Both state representatives shared well wishes to the president during his recovery.

On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence announced that he tested negative for the virus. He attended a debate watch party in Lititz, Lancaster County, Tuesday.

Governor Tom Wolf tweeted his well wishes to President Trump and his family, writing, "We’re all in this together. Let’s mask up and do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Sen. Pat Toomey, a republican, took to Twitter Friday morning to offer hope of a quick recovery for the president and first lady. "Sending along best wishes to @realdonaldtrump and @flotus on a full and speedy recovery."

Sen. Bob Casey, a democrat, also shared his well wishes via Twitter writing, "COVID-19 is a serious illness that has impacted millions of American families. I wish President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump a speedy recovery following their positive test. I will keep them in my prayers."


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