President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump confirmed Thursday evening that they have contracted COVID-19 after learning a top advisor was carrying the virus.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19,” Trump Tweeted Thursday night. “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
In addition to President Trump’s Tweet, Melania Trump shared a Tweet on Thursday because of her positive test.
“As too many Americans have done this year, @potus and I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19,” she says. “We are feeling good and I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe and we will all get through this together.”
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The news comes on the heels of one of the president’s top advisors contracting the virus, according to Daily Mail.
Hope Hicks, 31, got the virus at some point. She reportedly traveled with Trump on Air Force One and Marine One over the last week, per Daily Mail.
After a stint as the White House Communications Director, Hicks now serves as Trump’s Senior Counselor. Returning from a Minnesota rally on Wednesday, Hicks began to feel unwell.
Hicks was put in quarantine away from other passengers on the plane because she was feeling ill. Officials confirmed her coronavirus diagnosis on Thursday. After confirmation of Hicks’ illness Thursday evening, Trump returned to the White House. He was also attending a campaign gathering at a New Jersey golf resort.
Furthermore, at 74-years-old, Trump is at a higher risk for coronavirus complications. White House medical officials say the President and First Lady are “doing well” in a recently released statement. Should Trump become seriously ill, constitutional procedures would allow for Vice President Mike Pence to temporarily assume power. Albeit, it is not yet known if the president’s illness will affect the upcoming presidential debate currently scheduled for October 15.
H/T: Daily Mail