From allies to foes, world leaders spent the weekend offering their well wishes to President Trump after he and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday.
Some of his more liberal counterparts — such as Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern — had only positive words for the US president in his health fight.
“Sophie and I are sending our best wishes to @POTUS Trump and @FLOTUS. We hope you both get well soon and have a full recovery from this virus,” Trudeau tweeted Friday, referencing his wife in the message.
Ardern spoke to reporters on the campaign trail Saturday about the commander-in-chief’s diagnosis, saying she offered the president and first lady “New Zealand’s best wishes for a speedy recovery.”
“We’ve seen now several world leaders who have been affected by COVID-19, and I know that I stand with others in wishing [Trump] all the best, because this is obviously a virus that has globally had a devastating impact,” she said.
Pressed further on the matter, Ardern explained that she had no intention of disparaging the president at such a precarious time.
“It would be wrong in a situation where someone has COVID-19 to do anything other than to wish them well,” she remarked.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has maintained a generally collegial relationship with the president, said in a tweet released by a government spokesperson, “I send all my best wishes to Donald and Melania Trump. I hope that you will get over the #corona infection and will soon be completely healthy again.”
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a staunch progressive who has made a concerted effort to develop a cordial relationship with Trump, said he wished the US president and first lady a swift recovery while speaking at a government news conference over the weekend.
His office has not released any further statement.
The president has also received well wishes from some unlikely sources, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro.
Maduro, who has sparred with Trump for years over the legitimacy of his re-election in the socialist country, offered his own well wishes to the commander-in-chief, along with some criticism.
Speaking Saturday in a televised address, the dictator said Trump “unfortunately underestimated all precautionary measures” to protect himself and the American people from the virus.
Maduro continued that regardless of his view of Trump’s handling of the virus, he expressed Venezuela’s “human solidarity” with the president.
“I hope all of this will lead you to be more thoughtful, more humane, for the protection of the people of the United States and to understand the peoples of the world,” he concluded.
With Post wires