US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump both tested positive for COVID-19.
The POTUS announced the news on his Twitter account on Thursday night.
Trump shared that he and the first lady will begin their “quarantine and recovery process immediately.”
“We will get through this TOGETHER!” he assured his followers.
A few hours before that, the US President announced through another tweet that one of his closest advisors, Hope Hicks, tested positive for COVID-19.
The news prompted him and the first lady to quarantine while waiting for their test results.
Hicks is one of Trump’s longest-serving aide and has been working for him since the beginning of his first campaign. Before that, Hicks worked for his daughter, Ivanka Trump.
She is also one of his closest aides who usually travel with the President.
In fact, on Tuesday, she traveled with him aboard Air Force One, to and from the Presidential debate, reports said.
She also traveled with him to Minnesota for a Trump rally.
Hicks, who has been traveling with the President, has been showing symptoms since the rally.
Trump had an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday.
According to Trump, it was difficult for him and everyone around him to avoid the virus when he is around soldiers and other law enforcement.
“I’m with them so much,” he said.
According to Trump, when soldiers, airmen, the Marines, and police officers “come over” to him, it’s difficult to say “stay back.”
“It’s a tough kind of situation, it’s a terrible thing,” Trump said.
Trump, who has been downplaying the coronavirus since its onset only began wearing masks in public since July.
During the Presidential debate, he also mocked his presidential rival, Joe Biden for always wearing a mask.
Taking It Seriously
Hicks was quarantined on Air Force 1, on the way back from Minnesota, per Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg’s reporter.
Judd Deere, White House’s Deputy Press Secretary, said in a statement that Trump takes the “health and safety” of everyone around him, himself, and the American people “very seriously.”
In fact, the White House “collaborates with the Physician to the President and the White House Military Office,” said Deere.
The collaboration is to ensure that safety protocols under CDC’s current guidelines can be incorporated “when the President is traveling.”