Trump Says He And Melania Tested Positive For Coronavirus 1:12 PM
(WAB NEWS) –– The president of the United States, Donald Trump, and the first lady Melania Trump tested positive for coronavirus, the president announced early Friday.
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for covid-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We’ll get through it TOGETHER! ”Trump tweeted shortly before 1 am Friday.RELATED
Earlier, Trump reported that he and his wife would begin a “quarantine process” while waiting for the results of their coronavirus tests, after confirming that Hope Hicks, one of his main assistants, tested positive for covid-19.
The president’s public agenda for this Friday, revealed just after his appearance on “Hannity” on Thursday, indicated that Trump would attend a fundraiser at his hotel in Washington and travel to Sanford, Florida, for a campaign rally this Friday. .
“Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a little break, just tested positive for COVID-19. Terrible! The First Lady and I are awaiting the results of our tests. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process! ”Trump tweeted on Thursday night.
Hicks has recently traveled with Trump on several occasions, as was the case for the debate in Cleveland on Tuesday. The aide was also seen boarding Marine One on Wednesday, along with other officials close to the president. There were Jared Kushner, Dan Scavino and Nicholas Luna, none of whom wore masks. That day, Trump was addressing a campaign rally in Minnesota.
Trump speculates on contagion from Hicks
“She did test positive, I just found out about this. It tested positive. She is a great worker. Many masks, he wears many masks but he tested positive. Then I took a test. I’ll see … you know, because we spent a lot of time … and the first lady also had a test. So if we will be in quarantine or if we have it (covid-19), I do not know, “Trump said in telephone statements to” Hannity “of Fox News.
She added, “I just got a test run and we’ll see what happens, I mean who knows… I spent a lot of time with Hope (Hicks) and the first lady did too.”
The news of Hicks’ positive test comes amid the Trump administration’s continued efforts to blatantly ignore science and best public health practices during the pandemic. Along those lines, West Wing staff have actively avoided the masks and the president has defied the recommendations of his own coronavirus task force, by proceeding with a busy schedule of well-attended campaign rallies. Trump and his key aides have shown little interest in changing their staff practices to meet the needs of the moment.
Trump speculated that Hicks might have contracted the virus from an interaction with a follower.
«She is a very warm person. She has a hard time when soldiers and security forces approach her, you know, she wants to treat them well, not say, ‘Stay away, I can’t get near you.’ It is a very, very hard disease, “said the president.
A source close to Hicks told CNN that she is exhibiting symptoms and has returned to Washington. However, it is not clear how severe your symptoms are. CNN reached out to Hicks for comment.
Notify White House staff with close contact, source says
“The President takes the health and safety of himself and of all who work to support him and the American people very seriously,” White House spokesman Judd Deere told CNN in a statement when asked. asked about the level of contact between Trump and Hicks.
The White House did not mention Hicks’s name or confirm that he had tested positive.
«White House operations work hand in hand with the President’s physician and the White House Military Office to ensure that all plans and procedures incorporate current CDC guidance and best practices to limit exposure to covid -19 as much as possible, both in the compound and when the president travels, ”added Deere.
Some White House staff members who had close contact with Hicks were notified Thursday of the positive test result, according to an official.
This development was first reported by Bloomberg News.
For a long time, Hicks was considered a stabilizing force for a boss who likes chaos. She joined the Trump Organization to work on public relations with Ivanka Trump. Then, she moved to Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016 early in the race. Hicks was one of the few assistants who followed her from her political beginnings to the White House.
Hicks maintained a close relationship not only with the president, but with members of his family, including Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner. She previously served as the White House communications director.
Hicks is the fifth coronavirus case in the White House and the closest to Trump
Hicks’s positive result underscores the unusual challenge White House staff face as they try to keep the pandemic out of the West Wing and the president pushes to reopen the country.
In May, two White House employees tested positive for the virus. One was a member of the Navy who was serving as one of Trump’s personal assistants. Then in July, an employee at a cafeteria on the White House grounds also tested positive. The president confirmed a fourth case on the White House grounds last month.
Trump has previously expressed concern that attendees contracting coronavirus could affect his message that the outbreak is on the decline and states should speed up the reopening, according to a person who had spoken with him.
Since then, the White House has done everything possible to protect Trump and Vice President Mike Pence from the outbreak. Even while traveling to states where cases have increased.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany previously described Trump as the “man who has been tested the most in America.” And she added, she does not run the risk of transmitting the virus to others. But Trump contradicted that claim hours later, stating that he does not remember ever having more than one coronavirus test performed on the same day.
“I don’t know of more than one,” Trump responded to a reporter who asked why he was being screened more than once a day. “I probably take a test on average every two days, three days, and I don’t know if I have had two in one day, but I think that could happen.”
This story has been updated