Donald Trump, 74, and his wife Melania, 50, are self-isolating after receiving their positive coronavirus result.
Washington: US President Donald Trump said early Friday he and First Lady Melania had tested positive for the coronavirus
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!,” Donald Trump tweeted.
Melania Trump tweeted: “As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements.
“Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.”
President Trump is “well” and will continue to perform his duties “without disruption” while quarantining along with the first lady, after both tested positive for the coronavirus, the president’s physician said.
They “are both well at this time and they plan to remain home at the White House during their convalescence,” doctor Sean Conley said in a statement.
Ms. Hicks, 31, who serves as a counselor to the president, reportedly tested positive for the disease on Thursday, the day after she traveled with the president for the first presidential debate on Tuesday night. She is the closest aide to Mr. Trump to test positive for COVID-19so far.
He confirmed in an interview with Fox News that Hope Hicks, one of his closest confidantes, had tested positive.
She was also with him on the Marine One helicopter Wednesday when he flew back to the White House after a rally in Minnesota.
Several White House staffers have tested positive for the virus, including Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller, and one of the president’s personal valets.
The positive tests come as the virus continues to spread at an alarming rate in the US, even as Mr. Trump has tried to downplay the threat of the disease.
He has continued to hold campaign rallies which have drawn thousands of supporters during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The positive test also comes just a month before the US presidential election on 3 November.