President Donald Trump announced early Friday morning that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19 and will begin to quarantine immediately.
Trump wrote on Twitter, “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 had previously tweeted that he and the first lady received COVID-19 tests Thursday night, after top Trump aide Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus. Trump wrote, “Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for COVID-19. Terrible!” Hicks travels with Trump frequently, including as recently as his trip to Cleveland on Tuesday for the first presidential debate.
White House spokesman Judd Deere issued a statement on Thursday night saying Trump “takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him and the American people very seriously. White House Operations collaborates with the Physician to the President and the White House Military Office to ensure all plans and procedures incorporate current CDC guidance and best practices for limiting COVID-19 exposure to the greatest extent possible both on complex and when the president is traveling.”
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