Donald Trump and Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus. The news came after one of the president’s most senior advisers, Hope Hicks, tested positive on Thursday. Trump broke the news on Twitter.
“We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately,” Trump said on Twitter. “We will get through this TOGETHER!”
A letter published by the White House from Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, confirmed the diagnosis. Conley said the president and first lady are “both well at this time” and will be quarantining in the White House.
“Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering,” he wrote.
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Melania Trump said she and her husband were “feeling good” and that she was postponing all upcoming engagements.
She said the couple was quarantining “as too many Americans have done this year.”
Vice President Mike Pence said he and his wife Karen are sending “our love and prayers to our dear friends,” adding they “join millions across America praying for their full and swift recovery.”
Hope Hicks, one of the president’s most trusted and longest-serving confidantes, began feeling mild symptoms during the plane ride home from a rally in Minnesota Wednesday evening, according to an administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to disclose private information. She was isolated from other passengers aboard the plane and her diagnosis was confirmed Thursday, the person said.
Hicks, who serves as counsellor to the president, also accompanied him and other senior aides to the first presidential debate in Cleveland on Tuesday. She is the closest White House official to Trump to test positive for the virus so far.