Cuomo Sends ‘Get Well Package' to Trump, First Lady, Hopes It ‘Gives Them Comfort'

New York's top leaders said the president's positive test is a reminder to all to remain diligent and wear a mask

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo shared his wishes for a speedy recovering and his intention to send President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump a "get well package" following the news of their positive coronavirus test results.

"We're going to be sending the President and First Lady a New York Cares package, just to give them some comfort as they go through this," Cuomo WCBS 880's Paul Murnane. A statement from the governor's office says the care package includes apples from upstate farms, bagels from New York City, cheesecake from Junior's, wings from Dinosaur BBQ and apple cider.

Cuomo's comments came after a 12:15 p.m. conference call that saw Vice President Mike Pence fill-in for Trump, the governor confirmed.

The president was expected to continue carrying out his duties "without disruption" with recovering. A White House official said Friday morning that the president was experiencing mild symptoms but was working from the White House residence.

The New York governor began his daily conference call with press acknowledging the shocking news of the president's condition and spoke to the need of all New Yorkers to stay vigilant.

"We can disagree on policy issues, but on a human level the president grew up in New York," Cuomo said. "I sincerely wish them the best for a speedy recovery."

Cuomo went on to describe the White House's rigorous daily coronavirus testing procedure.

"It's a whole ordeal that you go through. You go for a screening, you get tested, you get held in an area until the test comes back. Even the President of the United States with all that operational capacity around him, you can get it," Cuomo said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered a similar message of prioritizing the strictest of safety measures speaking to WNYC's Brian Lehrer Friday morning.

"I think it's another reminder of why what some of us have been saying is right, wear masks, practice social distancing and take it seriously. This president obviously didn't do it and paid the price."

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