President Donald Trump confirmed late Thursday he and first lady Melania Trump will quarantine after Hope Hicks, a senior White House staffer who serves as counselor to the president, has been infected with the coronavirus.
“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 tweeted.
Her infection was first reported by ABC News and Bloomberg.
Hicks was on board Air Force One during Trump’s trip to Minnesota yesterday, and to Cleveland on Tuesday. Photos taken by the Associated Press on Wednesday show Hicks was in close proximity of several other senior staffers, including Jared Kushner, Stephen Miller and Dan Scavino. ABC News reported that Hicks was on board the presidential helicopter Marine One with the president on Wednesday.
Trump said on Fox News late Thursday evening that he is awaiting test results to find out if he has the virus.
“I’ll get my test back either tonight or first thing tomorrow morning,” Trump told Fox News.
ABC News said that Hicks was among a “tight group of advisers” to contract the coronavirus.
“The President takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him and the American people very seriously,” White House spokesperson Judd Deere said in a statement on Thursday. “White House Operations collaborates with the Physician to the President and the White House Military Office to ensure all plans and procedures incorporate current CDC guidance and best practices for limiting COVID-19 exposure to the greatest extent possible both on complex and when the President is traveling.”
Despite Hicks’ diagnosis, Trump remained out of the White House on Thursday. The CDC states that those who have been in close contact with someone who has the coronavirus should quarantine for 14 days.
Trump was originally going to meet with supporters on Friday in Washington before heading to Florida for a Make America Great Rally.