Some stars were stunned by the announcement, while others pointed to several instances over the past few months in which Trump flouted safety protocols and undersold the pandemic as a hoax.
A number of commenters, including actress Kristen Johnson, remarked on how some of Trump's recent comments at the first presidential debate on Tuesday have not "aged well." Specifically, remarks he made mocking Joe Biden for his use of a mask.
"I don't wear masks like him. Every time you see him, he's got a mask," Trump said during the debate. "He could be speaking 200 feet away and he shows up with the biggest mask I've ever seen."
Alyssa Milano, one of the most outspoken critics of Trump and his administration -- and someone who contracted COVID-19 and continues to suffer from it's many complications -- showed sympathy for the president in this instance.
"As someone who has had #COVID19 and still suffers from post-covid syndrome, I can honestly say with all that I am that I wouldn’t wish this virus on my worst enemy," she tweeted. "Please wear a mask."
As someone who has had #COVID19 and still suffers from post-covid syndrome, I can honestly say with all that I am that I wouldn’t wish this virus on my worst enemy.
Here's how some other celebs and public figures weighed in on the development.
Karen and I send our love and prayers to our dear friends President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS Melania Trump. We join millions across America praying for their full and swift recovery. God bless you President Trump & our wonderful First Lady Melania.
Get ready. Tomorrow they’re gonna go on the offense, say how all the mean liberals are celebrating & Trump’s a victim. Dont let them change the subject. 200,000 Americans are dead because Trump lied about this pandemic. His lies finally endangered his own family. It’s all on him
Trump and his family will receive far better care than any of those who were infected with covid due to his lack of leadership, empathy, understanding of the science, and his willful pushing of misinformation.