President Donald Trump, First Lady Test Positive For COVID-19

By Bill Galluccio

October 2, 2020

President Trump, en route to Cleveland for the first televised debate with opponent Joe Biden, departs the White House, on September 29 in Washington, DC.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

"Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER," President Trump tweeted.

The positive tests come hours after Hope Hicks, one President Trump's closest senior advisers, tested positive. According to NBC News, Hicks tested negative on Wednesday (September 30) morning. She was not displaying any symptoms and traveled to Minnesota later in the day to attend a Trump rally. During the trip, she began to show symptoms of the coronavirus and was quarantined on Air Force One for the return trip to Washington, D.C.

"Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for COVID 19. Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process," Trump tweeted before he tested positive.

Hicks also flew with President Trump on Marine One and Air Force One on Tuesday. She was backstage at the presidential debate, along with 20 to 30 aides and family members.

The president's physician, Dr. Sean P. Conley, said that the president and first lady will remain at the White House for the length of their quarantine. 

"The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence," Dr. Conley said in a statement. "The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country's greatest medical professionals and institutions. Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments.”

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