Donald Trump tests positive for COVID-19

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are in quarantine. Both were tested after a top aide, Hope Hicks, tested positive for COVID-19. Courtesy of #DStv403

WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump said 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!," Trump tweeted.

Trump earlier said he would go into quarantine after a top aide tested positive for coronavirus, in a shock development that threatened to disrupt his scheduled public appearances in the crucial final weeks of the election campaign.

He confirmed in an interview with Fox News that Hope Hicks, one of his closest confidantes, had tested positive and added later on Twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump were awaiting their own test results.

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"She did test positive. I just heard about this. She tested positive," Trump told Fox News.

"She's a hard worker. Lot of masks, she wears masks a lot but she tested positive," he added. "Then I just went out with a test. I'll see -- you know, because we spent a lot of time -- and the first lady just went out with a test also."

"In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!" he tweeted soon after. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people stay home and isolate for up to 14 days if they might have been exposed to the virus. 

Hicks was travelling with Trump on Air Force One just this Tuesday to fly to Cleveland for the first presidential debate with Democrat Joe Biden.

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She was also with him on the Marine One helicopter Wednesday when he flew back to the White House after a rally in Minnesota.

Source
AFP