President Trump announced early Friday that he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
The first lady said the two “are feeling good,” in her own tweet addressing the diagnosis.
“Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together,” she wrote.
A memorandum dated Thursday from the president’s physician said the president and first lady “plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.”
The memo added: “Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering,”
Hours before Trump announced his positive COVID-19 results, news broke that one of his top aides, Hope Hicks, was diagnosed with the illness earlier Thursday
Hicks had traveled aboard Air Force One with the Trumps to Tuesday’s presidential debate in Cleveland. She also accompanied Trump to his Wednesday night rally in Minnesota.
Trump did a Fox News phone interview Thursday night where he acknowledged spending “a lot of time” with Hicks and said he was awaiting the results of his test.
Trump also explained to host Sean Hannity that he and his staff run into issues with social distancing because Americans are often approaching them to express thanks.
“When soldiers and law enforcement comes up to her, you know, she wants to treat them great,” Trump said about Hicks. “Not say, ‘Stay away, I can’t get near you.’ It’s a very, very tough disease.”