President Trump announced early Friday that he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!,” the president tweeted.
Trump’s diagnosis comes after news broke that one of his top aides, Hope Hicks, tested positive for the illness on Thursday.
Hicks had traveled aboard Air Force One with the Trumps to Tuesday’s presidential debate in Cleveland. She also accompanied Trump to his Wednesday night rally in Minnesota.
Hours before announcing the positive COVID-19 results, Trump did a Fox News phone interview where he acknowledged spending “a lot of time” with Hicks and said he was awaiting the results of his test.
Trump also explained to host Sean Hannity that he and his staff run into issues with social distancing because Americans are often approaching them to express thanks.
“When soldiers and law enforcement comes up to her, you know, she wants to treat them great,” Trump said about Hicks. “Not say, ‘Stay away, I can’t get near you.’ It’s a very, very tough disease.”
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