Trump Announces He And The First Lady Test Positive For COVID-19

President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the novel coronavirus after a top White House aide, Hope Hicks, tested positive for the virus.

“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” the president tweeted at 12:54 am on Friday.

Just hours earlier the president announced that he and the first lady would self-quarantine while awaiting coronavirus test.

“Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19,” Trump tweeted Thursday night, after the news of Hicks’ positive test result broke. “Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!”

Trump, speaking earlier on Fox News, said that both he and the first lady had taken tests and were awaiting their results. He confirmed Hicks had tested positive and acknowledged that he spends ample time with her in the White House.

“I just went out with a test… and the first lady just went out with a test also,” he told Fox News host Sean Hannity. “So, whether we quarantine or whether we have it, I don’t know.”

The White House uses Abbott rapid tests, meaning that the president and first lady would likely receive their tests results quickly. While Trump said he planned to quarantine, the schedule released earlier by the White House still showed him attending a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., and a campaign rally in Florida on Friday.