Donald Trump, Melania Test Positive For Covid-19
US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump also tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday. “We will initiate our isolation and recovery process instantly,” said Trump as he made the announcement on Twitter.
This comes after President Trump’s top aide Hope Hicks tested positive for the viral disease.
Hicks serves as Trump’s counselor and is one of the closest aide. She has been travelling with the Trump for rallies ahead of presidential polls.
Hicks has been travelling with the US President for the presidential campaign. On Tuesday, she flew with Trump on Air Force One, presidential helicopter, to Cleveland for the presidential debate. On Wednesday they travelled to Minnesota for a campaign rally.
However, it is not confirmed yet whether Trump contracted the virus from Hicks.
Before Hicks, several other White House staffers including Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, national security adviser Robert O’Brien, and one of the president’s personal valets have tested positive for Covid-19 and recovered in the past.
The deadly virus has infected more than 7.2 million Americans and killed more than 200,000 People
US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for Covid-19 and will go into quarantine immediately, the president tweeted late Thursday.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19,” Trump said in the tweet, less than two hours after posting that his close aide Hope Hicks had tested positive.
“We will initiate our isolation and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
The tweet raised immediate concerns about the health of the president, who is more than 70 years of age and obese.
Trump had earlier in the evening tweeted he and the first lady began “our quarantine process” after one of his closest advisers, Hope Hicks, who had travelled with him several times in the last few days, tested positive .
“Hope Hicks, who are at work so tough without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19 virus,” President Trump tweeted. “Terrible! We both are waiting for our test results. In the period in-between, we will initiate our quarantine process!”
Hicks had travelled with Trump and his team on Air Force One to Cleveland, Ohio for the first presidential debate. She also travelled with Trump to his rally in Duluth, Minnesota, on Wednesday and was seen in close contact with senior members of the president’s campaign.
According to rules made by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who were in close contact with Hicks should quarantine themselves. That would include the president, the first lady and senior members of the president’s re-election campaign.
Bloomberg, which first reported Hicks testing positive, said she had felt ill in Minnesota and quarantined herself on the way back on the presidential aircraft.
White House Spokesman Judd Deere has said that the president takes safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him
“White House Operations work together with the physician to the president and the White House Military Office to make sure all plans and processes incorporate current CDC super vision and best practices for limiting Covid-19 contact to the greatest extent possible, both on complex and when the president is travelling.”
Hicks is the fourth White House personnel to test positive for Coronavirus, after a personal military valet of the president, a member of the vice-president’s staff and the National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien. But Hicks has been the closest of them all to the president, who had gone on a 10-day course of Hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug.
More than 207,000 Americans have been killed by Covid-19 and millions have been infected.
President Trump has refused a responsibility for them, and has been blamed for his botched response to the pandemic, despite his fervent claims to the contrary, citing travel shut-downs.
More egregious has been his open scepticism of the use of face masks and social distancing norms. He rarely wears one himself despite professing his complete endorsement of masks.