As if this year couldn’t get any stranger, US President Donald Trump has now confirmed he and wife Melania have tested positive for COVID-19.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
The pair had been in quarantine as they awaited test results following the news that Hope Hicks, an aide to Trump, had tested positive for the virus that’s currently gripping the world, infecting more than 7.2 million Americans and killing more than 200,000.
Tweeting the news at the time, Trump said: “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!”
Hicks had been in close contact with Trump of late, travelling with the Presiden to Tuesday night’s debate in Cleveland, as well as boarding Marine One with Jared Kushner, Dan Scavino and Nicholas Luna – none of whom wore mask – as they headed to a campaign rally in Minnesota.
Trump said during a call-in appearance on Fox News’ Hannity: “She did test positive, I just heard about this. She tested positive. She’s a hard worker. Lot of masks, she wears masks a lot but she tested positive. Then I just went out with a test. I’ll see – you know, because we spent a lot of time – and the first lady just went out with a test also. So whether we quarantine or whether we have it, I don’t know,”
“I just went for a test and we’ll see what happens. I spent a lot of time with Hope and so does the first lady, and she’s tremendous,” he added.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany had previously described Trump as the “most tested man in America,” which Trump contradicted shortly after, saying he doesn’t know of any time he’s taken more than one test in a day.
“I don’t know about more than one,” Trump responded to a reporter who asked why he was tested more than once a day. “I do probably on average a test every two days, three days, and I don’t know of any time I’ve taken two in one day, but I could see that happening.”