Donald and Melania Trump to Quarantine After Hope Hicks Tests Positive for COVID-19

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he and first lady Melania Trump are beginning a “quarantine process” as they await coronavirus test results after a top aide he spent substantial time with this week tested positive for COVID-19.

Trump’s comments came after he confirmed that Hope Hicks, one his closest aides, had tested positive for the virus Thursday. Hicks began feeling mild symptoms during the plane ride home from a rally in Minnesota Wednesday evening, according to an administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to disclose private information. She was quarantined away from others on the plane and her diagnosis was confirmed Thursday, the person said.

Trump tweeted late Thursday: “The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process.”

Earlier, during a call-in interview with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity, Trump said: “Whether we quarantine or whether we have it, I don’t know. I just went for a test and we’ll see what happens.”

It can take days for an infection to be detectable by a test, and it was unclear what Trump’s quarantine entailed. Minutes before his tweet, the White House 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.

Several Minnesota Republicans met Trump at Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport Wednesday ahead of his rally in Duluth and a fundraiser in suburban Minneapolis. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka had not been contacted by the White House “as far as I know,” spokeswoman Rachel Aplikowski said. House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt had not been contacted, a spokesman said.

Hicks, who serves as counselor to Trump, also traveled with Trump to the first presidential debate in Cleveland on Tuesday. She is the closest White House official to Trump to test positive for the virus so far.

The positive test is yet another reminder that the coronavirus continues to spread, even as Trump has tried desperately to suggest it no longer poses a danger. Since it emerged earlier this year, Trump, the White House and his campaign have played down the threat and refused to abide by basic public health guidelines — including those issued by his own administration — such as wearing masks in public and practicing social distancing. Instead, Trump has continued to hold campaign rallies that draw thousands of supporters. The virus has killed more than 200,000 Americans and infected more than 7 million nationwide.

The White House had not responded earlier to multiple questions about the last time Trump was tested and whether he and other staffers who spent time with Hicks in recent days will be asked to quarantine.

Trump traveled to New Jersey Thursday for a fundraiser despite concerns about Hicks’ health.

Trump is 74 years old, putting him at higher risk of serious complications from the virus. He said he expected to have the results back either Thursday night or Friday morning.

In a statement, White House spokesman Judd Deere said 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,” Deere said.

Hicks traveled with the president multiple times this week, including aboard Marine One, the presidential helicopter, and on Air Force One to a rally in Minnesota Wednesday, and aboard Air Force One to Tuesday night’s first presidential debate in Cleveland.

Hicks is one of the president’s most trusted and longest-serving aides, having worked as spokesperson for his 2016 campaign. She originally served as White House as communications director, and re-joined the administration this year as an adviser ahead of the election. Her positive test was first reported by Bloomberg News on Thursday evening. She did not respond to a request for comment.

Multiple White House staffers have tested positive for the virus, including Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, national security adviser Robert O’Brien, and one of the president’s personal valets. Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is dating Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., tested positive in South Dakota before an Independence Day fireworks show at Mount Rushmore.

Still, Trump has consistently played down concerns about being personally vulnerable to contracting COVID-19. “I felt no vulnerability whatsoever,” he told reporters back in May.

100+ komento:

He'll be fine! He knows more about Covid than the scientists do. Remember?
If only he didn't get tested, he wouldn't have gotten covid.
Alonzo Williams
Alonzo Williams:
I'm just here for the comments....lmaooooooo
CALI 2019
CALI 2019:
He made fun at biden wearing mask
Ashley R
Ashley R:
I bet Joe Biden’s watching the video of Trump making fun of him for always wearing a mask on a loop right now by himself giggling.
Nichole Malek
Nichole Malek:
2020 just pulled out the biggest uno reverse card 💀
Emmanuel Ortiz
Emmanuel Ortiz:
Lady: “What a surprise”
Everybody: “Not really”
C M:
Don't worry, believed he will inject disinfectants into body to kill Coronavirus/Covid-19. And will recover soon.
Patrick Kim
Patrick Kim:
My dreams aren’t even as eventful as 2020
Asaad Dennis
Asaad Dennis:
*”I guess Trump should’ve listened to the health experts after all... 😂🤣”*
Baby Dragun
Baby Dragun:
Yo him and Melania just tested this point we’re all just living in a movie
They're Always Watching Me
They're Always Watching Me:
Why did he test himself? If he didn't get tested, he wouldn't have had it. Less tests, less cases
Ceez B
Ceez B:
Does anyone know if Vegas had a bet on Trump getting Covid? Damn, easiest bet ever.
Oscar Ayala
Oscar Ayala:
I just came for the comments fox news disabled theirs...
Beverly Degrate
Beverly Degrate:
All those fools in nevada, Las Vegas,and all the other places he sprayed himself around, better get tested to
Debbie Webbie
Debbie Webbie:
Oh my does this mean he can't go golfing all weekend?
what happened
what happened:
i really thought you could only expect the _worst_ in 2020.
spencer bobo
spencer bobo:
Lmao he was literally mocking Joe for wearing a mask 😂
A piece of hair
A piece of hair:
“What a surprise” well if you have seen Trump in the past few months it’s not. He almost never wore a mask. He was bound to get it
Jaime Rios
Jaime Rios:
How can you get infected with a hoax?
Doom Slayer
Doom Slayer:
Covid is probably crying it got infected with trump
Moon's Youngest Sun
Moon's Youngest Sun:
The thing that pisses me off is that now that he has it, his team will make sure he gets every possible treatment to help him get well. But how many others, because of him claiming it was a hoax for so long, downplaying it and criticizing mask wearing, didn't get the opportunity to get the best treatment possible or even prevent themselves from being exposed.
Mississippi Proud Boys
Mississippi Proud Boys:
Everyone at the debate probably have it including Joe Biden and Chris wallace since Trump and his wife tested positive
"No one in the world has ever tested more positive than me"
Trump is part of the lie too. Don't be fooled.
Dammm OCTOBER just started and we already have THE TEA
Someone Else
Someone Else:
🎵 _Curb your enthusiasm song plays_ 🎵
James Davenport
James Davenport:
Thats the funniest thing I've heard in a month of Sundays! To HELL with 45!
Agustin Arias
Agustin Arias:
Inject some disinfectant!!!!!!
Damn jack o lantern gets covid right before Halloween that really sucks 😕
A plague visits the house of Pharaoh...sounds like a familiar story...
Robert Moreno
Robert Moreno:
He cannot even care take his wife or himself could anyone believed he could care take a country...WAKE UP AMERICA!
Steven Shelton
Steven Shelton:
Now! Science will be important.
Miguel Barba
Miguel Barba:
God bless 2020 👍
G Solorio
G Solorio:
So does that mean Trump is gonna wear a Dog Cone in the next debate?
James Zhang
James Zhang:
Wear the F*king Face Mask! It works!
Drake Pryce
Drake Pryce:
Alex Jones must be going nuts Lol
Bindair Dundat
Bindair Dundat:
China: “Ladies and gentlemen, we got him.”
Seńor Mejia
Seńor Mejia:
But it doesn’t exist right? Comida de crow smdh
I guess Hydroxychloroquine doesn't work?
Rebecca Palmer
Rebecca Palmer:
Me at the last day of September: no October is gonna be the worst I even have to go back to school
Me when I find out he has covid 19: May I have some popcorn
Monkey Music
Monkey Music:
It's about time...
There's always 'Hope' in times of fear
Stephen Burke
Stephen Burke:
“ I herd ( mentality ) the news today o boy”
pluto _
pluto _:
the vaccine is coming next week!! SIKE :V
“It is what it is”
“Life and the economy go on”
Trump: Makes fun of Biden for always wearing a mask. Then gets Covid.
Me: Perfectly balanced.. as all things should be.
L0V3 B1T35
L0V3 B1T35:
The plan is coming together so perfectly
△ 👌👌👌
Anike Akin
Anike Akin:
Sometimes it takes for the situation to actually happen for someone to understand me feel it . Anyways I hope the First Lady gets better
Ray Hager
Ray Hager:
peed my pants on hearing this great excited
Diana Gordon
Diana Gordon:
When karma hits you like a boomerang
Beverly Degrate
Beverly Degrate:
They probably had it while h was calling it a hoax, that's why he took the hydrauchloraguin
Adam B
Adam B:
irony- a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often amusing as a result.
Darryl Jack
Darryl Jack:
Oh no... and he's within an age range that is not good for this. : )
whelp, it is what it is
Joseph Cazares
Joseph Cazares:
Imagine a zoom debate
Jane SG
Jane SG:
He is probably now regretting not wearing face mask...
Wow karma taking the gloves off for this one. Hope they learn their lesson and recover.
Laci Adams
Laci Adams:
Somewhere, in Hope's closet, there's a BLUE DRESS!!
Marco Verde
Marco Verde:
It was bound to happen eventually
Gordon Dunbar
Gordon Dunbar:
“And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning, because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that, so that you’re going to have to use medical doctors with, but it sounds interesting to me. So, we’ll see, but the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute. That’s pretty powerful.” Quote Trump
Ani Fosler
Ani Fosler:
News Flash: He has COVID !
But's all a hoax, right ??? It affects "nobody" His own words...
Can we say: KARMA ????
Jaqen H'ghar
Jaqen H'ghar:
Has anyone deserved a coronavirus infection more than Trump?
70s Strat
70s Strat:
Here I am, rock you like a Herman Cain. 🎸🎸🎸🎸
felix john
felix john:
Karma hit hard
Dunner Vibz
Dunner Vibz:
Hé doesn’t want the press conferences 😂🧂🧂🧂
I thought he looked tired or something. That red left eye. Lol
Bryan Liu
Bryan Liu:
Mr. COVID finally meets the man who knows him the most.
Mr. Macky
Mr. Macky:
He will learn nothing from this
Looks like October 2020 isn't looking that bad yet!
This is probably the only good news we can get in 2020.
Dean Johnson
Dean Johnson:
"I exhort therefore, that... PRAYERS...& of thanks, be made for all men...& for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet & peaceable life in all godliness and honesty," 1 Timothy 2:1-2.
And he mocked Biden for wearing a mask the day before! I love the irony!!! 😂
2:28 I think Trump's presence on screen made that guy get COVID
Alberto Ozuna Camacho
Alberto Ozuna Camacho:
I wonder if this is true. I'd like to see independent test results.
David Callaway
David Callaway:
"It is what it is" huh?
Well well well... if it isn't the consequences of his own actions
Hugh Jass
Hugh Jass:
Political genius he's planning to postpone the election. Let's see the test results I don't believe a word he says
Seven Gates
Seven Gates:
I like presidents who don’t test positive for COVID-19.......
eileen MAIZE Carey
eileen MAIZE Carey:
Charles Muniz
Charles Muniz:
I never wished somebody dead. This is the exception!
Laura Kobetich
Laura Kobetich:
And now he’s got it!
John Gizzi
John Gizzi:
You can take all precautions and still catch the flu.
Rick W
Rick W:
Trump: “No worries, it will magically disappear in April.”

“Oh wait, I caught it and today is Oct.”
Russian Bot
Russian Bot:
Wowwww looks like my blood magic does work
Roger Chou
Roger Chou:
oh yas finally
Mary E Bryant
Mary E Bryant:
The Chickens Come Home To Roost!
A E:
After seeing this news, Alex Jones decided to wear Diapers in his mouth and his behind.
J O:
Hopefully he gets enough symptoms that will force him to take this pandemic seriously!!
jacob gates
jacob gates:
The only positive result ever came from his presidency 🤣🤣🕊
Mathias Thong
Mathias Thong:
Running away so soon? You've made another 2 grave mistakes with this move you thought is gonna save your ass:

1. It shows what a coward you are everytime you make horrible mistakes, and hope others clean up your mess for you.
2. Whether it's real or not, you've risk all those supporters and their families lives from the rally you deviously organised this past few weeks.
206- Sea
206- Sea:
Curb your enthusiasm theme queues
Rick Ramirez
Rick Ramirez:
No more bigmacs for awhile donnie
D Dcass
D Dcass:
It is what it is.
OAB Bolty
OAB Bolty:
It’s a democratic hoax, you’ll be fine🤣
Roberto Mendez
Roberto Mendez:

Narcissism 101: always play the victim to manipulate truth; in this case, to spare his flaccid ego in the next debate. He’s lying, 100%
There's hope for new candidates I'd say. Biden wasn't that far away or the other 👦 guy.
Darla Horton
Darla Horton:
Karma, it is what is