Donald and Melania Trump Test Positive for Coronavirus—Here’s What We Know So Far
Donald Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Just hours after it was confirmed the president's adviser Hope Hicks had the contagious virus, the president, 74, announced he too had tested positive.
"Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!" Trump wrote on Twitter shortly after midnight Friday.
Mrs. Trump, 50, tweeted minutes later that she and her husband were "feeling good."
"As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19," she wrote. "We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together."
The White House has canceled all of the president's scheduled engagements for Friday except for a phone call on COVID-19 support for vulnerable seniors.
The White House doctor, Sean Conley, said in a memo released to reporters that the first couple is "well at this time and they 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, and I will keep you updated on any future developments," Conley added.
President Trump had spoken publicly about Hicks' positive test result on Thursday evening, telling Fox News it was a "terrible thing."
Trump added then that both he and the first lady had been tested and were expecting their results shortly. "So whether we quarantine or whether we have it, I don't know," he said.
The president said he thought Hicks may have contracted the virus by interacting with members of law enforcement or the military.
"But it’s very, very hard when you are with people from the military or from law enforcement and they come over to you, they want to hug and they want to kiss you because we really have done a good job for them, you get close and things happen," he said.
"I was surprised to hear with Hope but she’s a very warm person with them and she knows there is a risk."
The former public relations consultant, 31, traveled with Trump as recently as Wednesday to his campaign rally in Minnesota. She was also on Air Force One with Trump when he traveled to the presidential debate against Joe Biden in Cleveland on Tuesday.
(The Biden campaign has not yet responded to the overnight news about the president's diagnosis or said if Biden will take additional precautions, though he has said before he has been tested for the virus.)
In a tweet posted after his Fox interview, Trump said that both he and the first lady would be quarantining together as they awaited the results of their COVID-19 tests: "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!"
When asked by PEOPLE about Hicks' positive test and Trump's possible exposure Thursday, White House spokesman Judd Deere did not have a comment, instead issuing the following statement:
"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 traveling."
More than 7.3 million people in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 200,000 people across the country have died from the virus, according to The New York Times' database.
Despite health experts' repeated recommendations to wear masks to prevent the virus' spread, Trump seldom wears one in public. At Tuesday's debate, he mocked his rival for how often Biden is seen with a face covering.
The information in this story is accurate as of press time. However, as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, it's possible that some data have changed since publication. While Health is trying to keep our stories as up-to-date as possible, we also encourage readers to stay informed on news and recommendations for their own communities by using the CDC, WHO, and their local public health department as resources.
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