Sad news following the debate President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a tweet from the president himself. “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19,” Trump tweeted. “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” What does this mean for the 2nd, and 3rd debate? We will find out within the next two weeks.
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
White House Dr. Sean Conley confirmed the news in a memorandum early Friday.
“This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain home at the White House during their convalescence,” Conley wrote.
The first lady also tweeted early Friday morning, confirming the news.
“As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together,” Melania Trump tweeted.
The news comes just four hours after it was revealed that one of the president’s closest advisers, Hope Hicks, had tested positive.
Hicks had traveled with him to Ohio for the debate on Tuesday and to Minnesota for a rally on Wednesday.
Hicks was also on Marine One, the president’s helicopter, when it left the White House to fly to Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday. She was seen walking to the helicopter with fellow top presidential advisers, such as Stephen Miller, Dan Scavino and Jared Kushner. None of them were wearing masks.
Sources told ABC News that Hicks is experiencing symptoms and that she tested positive on Wednesday.