President Trump And First Lady Test Positive For The Coronavirus

Oct 2, 2020
Originally published on October 2, 2020 6:24 am

Updated at 11:30 a.m. ET

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The president broke the news on Twitter just before 1 a.m. ET Friday.

"Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19," Trump wrote on Twitter. "We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!"

White House physician Sean Conley confirmed the results in a memo dated Oct. 1, writing that the Trump and the first lady had tested positive that evening and that the president would continue "carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering" from the virus that causes COVID-19.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters Friday that the president has "mild symptoms" but did not discuss the type of symptoms. The first lady said on Twitter that she also has mild symptoms but is "overall feeling good."

Hours before Trump tweeted out his results, it was confirmed that Hope Hicks, one of Trump's close advisers, had tested positive for the coronavirus. Hicks had traveled with him to both Tuesday's debate and to a rally in Minnesota the next day.

On Thursday evening, the president told Fox News' Sean Hannity that both he and the first lady had gotten tested following Hicks' diagnosis.

"We'll see what happens. Who knows," Trump told Hannity. "I spend a lot of time with Hope. So does the first lady."

Trump's positive result — just over a month before Election Day — is another curveball in an already unprecedented election season. Several members of the Trump administration — including Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — announced negative test results following the news.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, have tested negative for the coronavirus, according to a statement from their physician.

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