U.S. President Donald Trump and (FLOTUS) first lady of the U.S. Melania Trump have tested positive for CV.
Top Trump aide Hope Hicks tested positive prior and had been traveling with the two Trumps. In a tweet, late midnight Trump said: “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!"
Melania Trump also posted a tweet confirming the diagnosis telling her followers the couple are feeling good and will fight through this together.
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 45 Archived (@FLOTUS45) October 2, 2020
The announcement came hours after the president said he would begin a quarantine process after his top aide Hope Hicks tested positive for CV,
According to NBC News, Hicks had started showing symptoms of the virus on Wednesday night, when she had accompanied the president and several others to a campaign event in Minnesota. Hicks then quarantined herself on Air Force One on the way back and received positive test results Thursday morning.
Hicks had also traveled with Trump during the debate on Tuesday and to other locations several times this week.
Trump himself visited New Jersey for a brief fundraising event on Thursday. All future events are now canceled until the President tests negative. This also means that this diagnosis will disrupt ongoing debates between Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden which was slated for Oct. 15th.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines say people should stay home and quarantine if they might have been exposed to the virus. The agency says people should quarantine for 14 days. Symptoms of the virus can include fever, cough, and breathing trouble.
According to CNBC, in a memo, the president's physician said that the president and first lady "are both well at this time" and "plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence."
"Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering," he added.
CNN notes, this is the most serious known health threat to a sitting American president in decades.
Trump has frequently dismissed concerns about hosting large campaign events, of which he has entertained more than a dozen this month alone. He has also downplayed the importance of covering one's face for himself, noting that he is regularly tested at the White House, and mocked Democratic nominee Joe Biden during the debate on Tuesday.
"Well, so far we have had no problem whatsoever," Trump said of the rallies during his debate Tuesday with Democratic nominee Joe Biden. "It's outside – that's a big difference according to the experts. And we do them outside, we have tremendous crowds, as you see."
CV has infected more than 7.2 million Americans and killed more than 200,000 at the time of this report.
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