Donald Trump and his wife Melania tested positive for coronavirus early Friday morning, after one of his aides, Hope Hicks, also tested positive. The President becomes the highest-profile world leader to contract the virus, just a month before he seeks a second term in the White House.
In a tweet, the president said: “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
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 J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
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.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 2, 2020
The Trumps had already entered quarantine earlier in the day after senior aide Hope Hicks had also tested positive. She had spent a substantial amount of time in close proximity with President Trump this week, including traveling with him to a campaign rally on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported, citing an administration official.
She also traveled with Trump several other days this week, including on board the presidential helicopter Marine One as well as on Air Force One.
Earlier this year, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also suffered with Covid-19 and was briefly hospitalized before recovering.