Shock, sympathy, criticism: What world leaders & politicians are saying about Pres. Trump getting COVID-19

Virus Outbreak Trump Global Reaction
Virus Outbreak Trump Global Reaction
Virus Outbreak Trump Global Reaction
Posted at 6:57 AM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 06:58:03-04

TOKYO - News that U.S. President Donald Trump was infected with the world's most notorious disease drew instant reactions of shock, sympathy, undisguised glee and, of course, the ever-present outrage and curiosity.

Trump's revelation that he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus flashed across screens everywhere, upending plans and sparking a response from presidential offices to the thousands looking to weigh in on social media.

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered wishes that Trump's “inherent vitality” would help him pull through.

A Japanese official simply said she was reminded of the importance of masks in her country.

Among other leaders who have been infected is British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who spent several days in intensive care.

Here are positive remarks from other world leaders:

Mark Rutte Prime Minister of the Netherlands

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte

Afghanistan’s Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

This article will be updated as many leaders are expected to react to the American president's contraction of the virus.