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US President Donald Trump Says He and Melania Trump Have Tested Positive for COVID-19 - ABC News

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US President Donald Trump says he and his wife Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19.

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  • Donald Trump confirmed he and wife Melania had been tested for coronavirus
  • They are still awaiting their results
  • Hope Hicks previously served as White House communications director and re-joined the administration this year

Mr Trump made the announcement on Twitter after confirming his senior aide Hope Hicks had tested positive for the disease earlier today.

"Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately," he said.

"We will get through this TOGETHER!"

US first lady Melania Trump said she and her husband are quarantining at home.

"As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19," she said on Twitter.

"We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements.

"Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together."

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Ms Hicks travels regularly with the President on Air Force One and, along with other senior aides, accompanied Mr Trump to Ohio for the presidential debate on Tuesday and to Minnesota for a campaign event on Wednesday.

"She tested positive," Mr Trump said before he tested positive himself.

The President, who is tested regularly, has kept up a rigorous travel schedule across the country in recent weeks, holding rallies with thousands of people, despite warnings from public health professionals against having events with large crowds, in the run up to the November 3 election.

Mr Trump is 74-years-old, putting him at higher risk of serious complications from the virus.

His national security adviser Robert O'Brien tested positive for the virus in July [abc.net.au].

Mr Trump said he was not worried about the spread of COVID-19 in the White House [abc.net.au] when an aide of Vice-President Mike Pence tested positive to coronavirus in May.

One of the President's personal valets has also tested positive, along with Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is dating Mr Trump's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr.

Mr Trump had previously played down concerns about being personally vulnerable to contracting COVID-19, even after White House staff and allies were exposed and sickened.

"I felt no vulnerability whatsoever," he said told reporters back in May.

The President has praised his management of the crisis.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has lambasted Mr Trump for not having a clear national plan to tackle the pandemic.

Mr Biden, a former vice president, regularly wears a mask and has eschewed big campaign events. He is leading Mr Trump in national polls.

Mr Trump and his staff regularly do not wear masks, and Mr Trump has denigrated people who wear them often.

Health professionals say mask-wearing is one of the key things people can do to help prevent the spread of the virus.

At the White House, people who are around Mr Trump, including some reporters, get tested on a regular basis.

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But the White House did away with daily temperature checks for everyone who enters the complex months ago, and people who are tested for the virus interact with others in the White House campus who are not.

The White House said in a statement that Mr Trump "takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him and the American people very seriously" and that it followed guidelines for limiting COVID-19 exposure to the greatest extent possible.

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