Top Trump aide Hope Hicks tests positive for coronavirus


Trump said in a tweet.

Trump's political base has been referred to as anti-maskers, and the media has taken turns to bash the president for his slow and tepid response to containing the virus. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus.

The confirmation from President Trump comes after reports this evening that Hope Hicks, considered his most trusted adviser, tested positive for the virus Wednesday. "But she is a warm person with [crowds]".

The English-language China Daily wrote: "The positive test is yet another reminder that the coronavirus continues to spread, even as Trump has tried desperately to suggest it no longer poses a danger".

Trump's positive test also means that others at the highest levels of the USA government have been exposed and may have to quarantine, too.

According to a timeline by the Associated Press, Hicks was part of a large entourage that traveled with the President to OH for the first presidential debate of the general election. Trump told Sean Hannity on Fox News that he "spent a lot of time" with Hicks during his recent trip to Cleveland, OH for the first presidential debate and Minnesota for his campaign rally. She was with him again for a campaign rally in Minnesota on Wednesday.

In a statement, Judd Deere, the Deputy White House Press Secretary said that the President takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him and the American people very seriously. "And when they come over to you, it's hard to say, 'stay back, stay back.' You know, it's a tough kind of a situation, it's a awful thing", he said.

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Trump has also faced criticism for downplaying the threat of the virus and his perceived reluctance to wear a mask.

She had accompanied Trump to OH for the first Presidential debate against challenger Joe Biden.

His aides have anxious that Mr Trump's lack of sleep during the final stretch of the presidential campaign could leave him especially vulnerable to infection.

Trump has held regular rallies around the country to drum up enthusiasm for his candidacy against the former vice president, who has eschewed campaign events with large numbers of people. Trump and other Republicans and conservatives about Mr. Biden having holed himself up in a bunker.

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Supporters have voiced concerns about the president's backing in swing states like Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin that Biden aims to reclaim after Trump won them in 2016. Also, anyone who meets the president is tested first. The AP also reported Trump's children and senior staff violated host venue rules by not wearing masks during the debate.

"When needed, I wear a mask", Trump said.