Experts cautioned against panic on Thursday night, saying President Donald Trump is likely to recover from the coronavirus -- but others also pointed out that his diagnosis could potentially pose a serious risk to US national security.
Trump and the VP: "We have seen this to be a deadly virus. One of the President's closest friends has died from this virus ... And again, we have seen 200,000-plus Americans die from this virus. So if the President of the United States has it, we should be worried, said Miles Taylor, former chief of staff to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
"The biggest national security concern is that, in the worst-case scenario, we could be put in a position where the President might be sidelined by this sickness. God forbid it does anything to him or the first lady. But if it did, then you face a constitutional dilemma," Taylor said.
Vice President Mike Pence is likely now preparing for the possibility he will need to take over if Trump is sidelined, Taylor added. "That has enormous ramifications throughout our federal government. And I think that's the biggest concern."
Election danger: There's also a "secondary concern" that this could weaken the US to foreign meddling or attacks, Taylor said.
"Our adversaries who have been actively trying to sow discord in our democracy could take advantage of this. For electoral purposes, to spread disinformation and concern and worry, and also to undermine the confidence of the American people in this election cycle because we are so close to the vote.