Donald Trump has announced that he and his wife Melania have tested positive for coronavirus.
A top adviser to Mr Trump tested positive for coronavirus and has symptoms – prompting the US President and his wife to quarantine ahead of their test results.
Hope Hicks travels regularly with Mr Trump on Air Force One and, along with other senior aides, accompanied him to Ohio for the presidential debate on Tuesday and to Minnesota for a campaign event on Wednesday.
“Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid-19. Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process,” Mr Trump tweeted.
“I spend a lot of time with Hope, and so does the First Lady. And she’s tremendous,” he said.
Two hours later he tweeted: “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 and his staff regularly do not wear masks. Mr Trump has denigrated people who wear them – despite health professionals saying masks are one of the key things people can do to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Mr Trump and his aides regularly get tested for coronavirus – but testing does not make someone immune.
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