The US President and the First Lady had announced that they were quarantining themselves after senior adviser Hope Hicks tested positive.

Donald Trump and Melania Trump
news Coronavirus Friday, October 02, 2020 - 10:34

United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus. "We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!" the US President tweeted on Friday.

Donald Trump had announced about putting himself in quarantine in a tweet late Thursday night after his close aide Hope Hicks was tested positive with COVID-19. Hicks, 31, is the closest aid of the president to have tested positive with coronavirus. She had travelled with the president on Air Force One early this week.

"Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for COVID-19. Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!" Trump said in his tweet.

Trump, in an interview to Fox News, on Thursday night said he and the First Lady spend a lot of time with her.

In the middle of the election campaign, Trump has been travelling a lot in particular in the battleground States. "I just went out with a test and the First Lady just went out with a test also. So, whether we quarantine or whether we have it, I don't know," he said.

In a statement, Judd Deere, the Deputy White House Press Secretary said that the President takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him and the American people very seriously.

White House Operations collaborates with the Physician to the President and the White House Military Office to ensure all plans and procedures incorporate current CDC guidance and best practices for limiting COVID-19 exposure to the greatest extent possible both on complex and when the President is travelling," Deere said.

Several White House staffers have tested positive with COVID-19 in recent months, including the National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien and Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary.

With PTI inputs

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