US President Donald Trump, first lady Melania test positive for COVID-19


Washington: US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania have tested positive for coronavirus. Donald Trump and Melania went for tests after one of their close aides tested positive for the deadly infection. The development is likely to bring to standstill his hectic election campaign.

The US President also tweeted that he and Melania have tested positive for COVID-19. He said that they will get ‘through this together’.

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Trump announced about putting himself in quarantine in a tweet late Thursday night. This development came after his close aide Hope Hicks tested positive with COVID-19.

“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!” Trump said in his tweet.

Hicks, 31, is the closest aid of the president to have tested positive with coronavirus. She had travelled with the president on Air Force One early this week.

Trump, in an interview to ‘Fox News’, said Thursday night that he and the first lady spend a lot of time with her.

In the middle of the election campaign, Trump has been travelling a lot in particular in the battleground States.

“I just went out with a test… and the first lady just went out with a test also. So, whether we quarantine or whether we have it, I don’t know,” Trump said.

In a statement, Judd Deere, the Deputy White House Press Secretary said that the President takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him and the American people very seriously.

Several White House staffers have tested positive with COVID-19 in recent months, including the National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien and Katie Miller, Vice-President Mike Pence’s press secretary.