President Donald Trump and first woman Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, he declared on Twitter early Friday.
“This evening, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will start our isolation and recovery process right away. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
Hope Hicks, one of the president’s nearest senior advisers, on Thursday tested positive for the virus, making her the highest-profile member of the administration to contract the infection who is in frequent contact with Trump and other top officials.
Trump, 74, told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday after Hicks’ positive test that he and the first woman, 50 were tested after Hicks tested positive and later tweeted they were beginning the “isolate process.”
The president has held campaign rallies around the nation for quite a long time, a large number of which are outdoors yet some have been indoors. The most recent one was Wednesday night in Minnesota and he also traveled to New Jersey on Thursday for a fundraiser.
Hicks alongside a few top White House and campaign advisers traveled with the president to Cleveland for Tuesday’s discussion against Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
The president has drawn sharp criticism for his handling of the pandemic and downplaying its danger.
Additionally, his administration has sowed confusion over wearing a mask to slow the spread of COVID-19 and general health specialists have said this mixed messaging hampered the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and even prompted preventable deaths.
After months of public criticism, the president tweeted a photo of himself wearing a mask writing in July, “Many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance.” Then in August, Trump urged Americans to cover their faces in public as a “patriotic” thing to do.
The president has insisted he “didn’t lie” to the American public about the severity of coronavirus, despite having told veteran journalist Bob Woodward in March that he’d been purposefully minimizing the infection’s potential impact.
“What I said is we have to be calm. We can’t be panicked,” Trump told correspondents in September in the wake of being pushed on his coronavirus response.
After a Trump rally in Tulsa in June, former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain tested positive for the infection and later died. At that same rally, roughly eight White House staff members, including Secret Service personnel, tried positive for the infection. One of President Trump’s personal valets, who works in the West Wing serving the president his dinners, among different obligations, tried positive for the coronavirus in May.
U.S. health authorities keep on monitor for coronavirus cases in the United States. As of Oct. 1, in excess of 7 million cases have been affirmed in the U.S., in view of NBC News’ tally. There have been in excess of 205,000 deaths.
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