Trump Tests Positive for Coronavirus, President Confirms
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have contacted COVID-19
President Donald Trump has confirmed that First Lady Melania Trump and himself have both tested positive for COVID-19.
The president revealed the bombshell news on Twitter in the early hours of Friday.
Trump confirmed that they had contracted the coronavirus after White House aide Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus on Thursday night.
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
The president tweeted to confirm the news shortly before 1 am EST Friday, writing: "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 is 74 years old, putting him at a higher risk of serious complications from the virus.
A statement from the White House doctor said both the president and first lady are "well at this time" but did not say if either has symptoms.
If Trump becomes seriously ill, there are constitutional procedures that would allow Vice President Mike Pence to assume power temporarily, just weeks before the November 3 election.
But if Trump suffers mild or no symptoms, the president will be able to tout his recovery as evidence that the virus is a less grave threat than many believe.
It comes following news that the president's top aide Hope Hicks contracted the virus after traveling with Trump on Air Force One multiple times over the last week.
Hicks is said to have first felt unwell returning from a rally in Minnesota on the president's plane Wednesday evening.
She was quarantined away from others on the plane and her diagnosis was confirmed Thursday, according to an administration official, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
Trump then continued with his schedule Thursday and traveled to and from his Bedminster, New Jersey golf resort to take part in two campaign events.
He flew back to the White House this evening when it was publicly confirmed Hicks had the virus.
His social media director Dan Scavino and press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who were originally set to join him on the Thursday trip, were replaced at the last minute by other aides.
First lady Melania tweeted: "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."
Trump was last seen by reporters returning to the White House on Thursday evening and looked to be in good health.
The White House had earlier distributed a schedule for Friday that showed he planned to go forward with a fundraiser at his Washington, D.C., hotel, and a political rally in Sanford, Florida. That has since been canceled.
Fears that the president may have contracted the virus were raised after it was revealed Hicks had traveled on both Marine One, the presidential helicopter, and on Air Force One in the past week.
Along with the trip to Wednesday night's rally, Hicks had been aboard Air Force One to fly to Tuesday night's first presidential debate in Cleveland.
Hicks also traveled with the president to a rally in Pennsylvania last Saturday where she was seen maskless and clapping to the Village People's YMCA.