Vastavam Web: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19 on October 2 and will be in quarantine. The development occurred after Hope Hicks, one of Trump’s closest advisers, tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The frantic moves by the president and his aides came after Bloomberg News reported that the aide, Hope Hicks, one of Mr. Trump’s most senior advisers and someone who traveled with him several times this week, had tested positive. Two people briefed on her condition said she had symptoms.
The White House typically uses a rapid coronavirus test that produces results within a short period of time. Two hours before that tweet, Mr. Trump told the Fox News host Sean Hannity that he had been tested and was awaiting results, leaving the idea that he might enter into some kind of quarantine as an open question.
Ms. Hicks is the closest known person to the president to have contracted the virus, which causes Covid-19. That an adviser with such proximity to other aides has the virus raised alarms inside the White House, where officials worried that other top officials may have been infected.
Hicks had accompanied Trump to Ohio for the first presidential debate on September 29. She and other senior aides frequently travel with the US president on Air Force One. Hicks, a former White House communications director, rejoined the Trump administration in March 2020 as a counselor. After leaving the White House in 2018, she worked at Fox Corporation as the media conglomerate’s chief communications officer.