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Trump tests positive for COVID-19 after his adviser and confidant Hope Hicks tested positive for the coronavirus


  • President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19, he tweeted on Thursday night.
  • First Lady Melania Trump also tested positive.
  • The president got tested for the disease after his top aide and adviser, Hope Hicks, tested positive earlier this week.
  • Hicks recently traveled with Trump aboard Air Force One to and from the first presidential debate between him and Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
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President Donald Trump has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he tweeted on Thursday night. The first lady also tested positive.

Trump got tested for the disease after his close confidant and White House counselor, Hope Hicks, tested positive earlier this week.

White House Physician Sean Conley issued a statement confirming the diagnosis, saying the president and first lady “are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.”

Hicks traveled with Trump aboard Air Force One to and from his debate with Democratic nominee on September 29, according to Bloomberg News. She was also in close contact with White House adviser Stephen Miller and campaign adviser Jason Miller when she was not wearing a mask.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, and national security adviser Robert O’Brien were also on Air Force One when Trump and Hicks were on it.

O’Brien recently recovered from COVID-19, as did Stephen Miller’s wife, Katie Walsh.

Trump told Fox News that he got tested for coronavirus after the Hicks news broke, telling the network, “Whether we quarantine or whether we have it, I don’t know. We’ll see what happens. Who knows.”

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