President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump Both Test Positive for Covid-19!
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for coronavirus, the President announced early Friday morning. The news came shortly after hearing about "Hope Hicks" testing positive for the virus earlier in the day.
"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 tweeted shortly before 1 am Friday.
While it's unclear what the President's "quarantine process" will look like, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines state that a 14-day quarantine should take place after the last known exposure to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. This is because the incubation period for the novel coronavirus can be up to two weeks.
There is no direct confirmation that President Trump and Melania Trump, did in fact contract the virus from Hicks at this point. President Trump said in a Fox News Interview after hearing of Hicks Positive test.
"She's a very warm person. She has a hard time, when soldiers and law enforcement comes up to her, you know, she wants to treat them great, not say, 'Stay away, I can't get near you.' It's a very, very tough disease,"
A source close to Hicks said that she is experiencing symptoms and is back in Washington. A source familiar with Hicks' symptoms describes her as being achy and feeling pretty bad. "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 spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement when asked about the level of contact between Hicks and Trump.
Some White House staffers who were in close proximity were notified of the positive test result today, one official said.