US President Donald Trump says he and his wife Melania have tested positive for Covid-19, just hours after he announced that they would undergo quarantine following a positive diagnosis for one of his aides.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!,” he said in a post on Twitter.
Trump earlier said that his aide, Hope Hicks, had tested positive for the virus.
Hicks, 31, had travelled with Trump multiple times this week, including aboard the Marine One presidential helicopter for a rally in Minnesota on Wednesday, and aboard Air Force One to Tuesday night’s presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio.
Trump’s doctor today said that both the president and his wife were well, and planned to remain at the White House during their convalescence.
“The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions.
“Rest assured I expect the president to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering,” Sean Conley said in a statement released by the White House.