A top adviser to the Oval Office tested positive to the deadly disease, prompting the president and first lady to isolate themselves as a precautionary measure.
President Donald Trump has confirmed he and First Lady Melania Trump have entered isolation after White House counselor Hope Hicks appeared to be infected by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus.
“Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for COVID-19 [CCP Virus,]” he said on Twitter. “In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process.”
The president revealed both he and his wife have been retested and anxiously waited for the results.
“Terrible,” he said. “The first lady and I are waiting for our test results.”
When the results came back, they were positive.
“[The first lady] and I tested positive for COVID-19,” the president said on Twitter. “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this together.”
The president is regularly tested for the CCP Virus, and his latest retesting is not entirely out of the ordinary.
Hicks regularly travels with the president on Air Force One and was one of several aides who accompanied him to Ohio for the presidential debate on Sept. 29 and to Minnesota for a campaign event the very next day.
The president has recently experienced a busy few weeks of travel across the nation, and his schedule is filled with rallies, events, and other campaign commitments in the lead up to the general election on Nov. 3.
“I spend a lot of time with Hope and so does the first lady, and she is tremendous [at her job,]” the president previously said according to Reuters. “She tested positive so whether we quarantine or whether we have it … I do not know.”
He revealed primary health professionals have advised the elderly and those with existing medical conditions are at the highest risk of contracting the disease. Hicks’s positive test result has been quite confusing for the experts.
“She knows there is a risk but she is young,” he said.
After being repeatedly accused of not wearing a face mask, the president brought a mask to several media opportunities and showed it to reporters when asked about the issue. The president maintains he regularly wears his mask and simply takes it off before he appears in public.
White House staff and news reporters are also regularly tested for the CCP Virus and have previously had their temperatures checked before entering the building.
“[The president] takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him and the American people very seriously,” the White House said in a statement obtained by the newswire agency.
Vice President Mike Pence’s spokeswoman, Katie Miller, previously tested positive for the CCP Virus earlier this year and has since made a full recovery.