The US President, Donald Trump and First Lady tested for COVID-19 after senior aide Hope Hicks was also found to have the virus. According to reports, Trump got along with Hicks closely this week.
US President Donald Trump (Donald Trump) and the first lady tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday. Trump said on Twitter that they will begin their “recovery process immediately” and “get through this together.”
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 president became the highest-profile world leader infected with the virus, only one month after he sought a second term in the White House.
After the senior aide Hope Hicks also tested positive, Trump entered the quarantine area early the next day. According to the Associated Press, citing government officials, she spent a lot of time with Trump this week, including attending a campaign rally with him on Wednesday.
She also traveled with Trump on the other days of the week, including aboard presidential helicopters Marine One and Air Force One.
Trump is 74 years old and is at a higher risk of serious complications from COVID-19.
White House aides tested daily
After several early positive cases closely related to the president, the White House began daily tests on Trump’s top aides. Also anyone who closely related to the president or vice president Mike Pence (including reporters) .
“The president takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who supports him and the American people very seriously.”
White House spokesperson Judd Deere said.
The virus killed more than 200,000 people in the United States. This making it the country with the highest death toll in the world. So far, 7.2 million people in the United States have been infected with the virus.
Trump has been criticized for his response to the pandemic, including downplaying threats and refusing to comply with public health guidelines, including wearing masks.