United States President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, have tested positive for COVID-19. He caught it from a top aide, who travelled on Air Force One with him from a rally in Minnesota.
White House Officials have known since Wednesday that Hicks had tested positive, after she had travelled with Trump to a rally in Minnesota on the same day, as reported by The New York Times. As one of his most senior advisors, Hicks is the closet person to the president to test positive for COVID-19.
Her condition was first reported by Bloomberg News, which also said that she had been quarantined on the flight home. Hicks, 31, started to show symptoms during the president’s Minnesota rally and she exited from the back of Air Force One. She tested positive on Thursday.
“The president takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him and the American people very seriously,” White House spokesperson, Judd Deere, said. “White House Operations collaborates with the Physician to the President and the White House Military Office to ensure all plans and procedures incorporate current C.D.C. guidance and best practices for limiting COVID-19 exposure to the greatest extent possible both on complex and when the president is traveling.”
Trump himself took to Twitter to say that he and the First Lady are awaiting their test results and will be self-isolating.
This morning, AP reported that Trump and the First Lady have tested positive for COVID-19, following Trump’s tweet confirming the results of his tests.
Trump, who is 74-years-old, is not the first major world leader to test positive for COVID-19, with UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson spending time in hospital after testing positive, while German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, as well as Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, both spent time self-isolating as people close to them tested positive.
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