Trump quarantining after White House adviser Hope Hicks tests positive for COVID-19

Written by on October 1, 2020


President Donald Trump and Joe Biden clashed over COVID-19, crime and election integrity throughout the first presidential debate. USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump introduced he and the primary woman are starting to quarantine after White Home adviser Hope Hicks examined constructive for the coronavirus.

Hicks examined constructive for the coronavirus after she traveled with Trump in the previous few days, in accordance with an individual conversant in Hicks’ scenario.

Trump mentioned he and Melania Trump took coronavirus assessments and have been awaiting outcomes.

She is ceaselessly in touch with the president and was with Trump as he traveled to and from the primary presidential debate in Cleveland on Tuesday. 

She seems in a photo deplaning upon arrival in Cleveland, not sporting a protecting face masks. Hicks additionally traveled aboard Marine One, the presidential helicopter, for a Minnesota rally Wednesday.

Trump mentioned in a Thursday evening interview on Fox Information that he had simply taken a coronavirus take a look at and expects to have outcomes quickly.

“She examined constructive,” Trump mentioned on Fox Information.   

“Whether or not we quarantine or whether or not we’ve got it, I don’t know,” Trump mentioned. 

“We spend a variety of time with Hope, and others,” Trump mentioned, including that the primary woman has additionally taken a take a look at. 

Bloomberg reported that Hicks was experiencing some signs related to the coronavirus, in accordance with individuals near her who have been informed.

Hicks is the newest of White Home officers to check constructive for the virus. Beforehand, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller had and recovered from COVID. 

One in every of Trump’s longest-serving political aides, Hicks was a part of the unique presidential marketing campaign workforce that launched in 2015. 

After rising to the job of communications director, Hicks left the White Home in 2018 and took a company govt job at Fox. In February, the White Home introduced that Hicks would return as counselor to the president and aide to senior adviser (and Trump son-in-law) Jared Kushner. She has performed a key function in communications technique as Trump seeks re-election.

White Home spokesman Judd Deere wouldn’t touch upon Hicks’ scenario however issued a press release saying the administration is taking precautions based mostly on Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention steerage. “The President takes the well being and security of himself and everybody who works in assist of him and the American individuals very critically.” 

Trump has come underneath fireplace for holding rallies that pose a threat of the unfold of the coronavirus, which has killed greater than 200,000 People and contaminated greater than 7.2 million. Consultants say social distancing and mask-wearing are key to slowing the unfold; neither are frequent at his rallies.

Jonathan Reiner, professor of drugs and surgical procedure on the George Washington College, mentioned in tweets that those that traveled with Trump this week ought to quarantine themselves.

“For the reason that president has been doubtlessly uncovered to the coronavirus, he ought to quarantine at house for 14 days and be separated from the Vice President to scale back the chance that they each contract the virus,” he mentioned.

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