PUBLISHED: 00:17, Wed, Oct 21, 2020 | UPDATED: 00:18, Wed, Oct 21, 2020
The announcement was made by Stephanie Grisham, her chief of staff, who said the first lady is getting better but still has a “lingering cough”. Ms Grisham said “out of an abundance of caution” Melania would not travel with the president to the rally in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Melania hasn’t appeared alongside her husband at a campaign rally for over a year.
Her last public appearance was at the first presidential debate on 29 September.
On October 2 the White House confirmed the president and first lady had tested positive for coronavirus.
Mr Trump went on to spend three nights at the Walter Reed Medical Centre as a precaution.
Melania Trump is suffering from a "lingering cough" (Image: GETTY)
Trump arriving for the rally in Erie (Image: GETTY)
Barron Trump, the president and first lady’s son, also tested positive for COVID-19 but did not display any symptoms.
On October 14 Ms Trump wrote an article for the White House website describing her battle with coronavirus and saying she had since received a negative test result.
It is unclear whether the first lady had another positive test before deciding not to attend the Pennsylvania rally.
In her article Ms Trump said: “It was two weeks ago when I received the diagnosis that so many Americans across our country and the world had already received—I tested positive for COVID-19.
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