Trump Adviser Hope Hicks Tests Positive for Coronavirus


Counselor to the President Hope Hicks, left, arrives at the White House in Washington, late Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, after attending rallies in OH with President Donald Trump. Her positive test was first reported by Bloomberg News on Thursday evening.

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence have both tested negative for COVID-19 following President Donald Trump's positive test, a Pence spokesman said Friday.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump depart the White House Tuesday for the first televised presidential debate.

However, as a precautionary measure, the POTUS and FLOTUS are starting their quarantine process. Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley said Trump "remains worn out but in good spirits" and that a team of experts was evaluating both the president and first lady in regard to next steps. "Whether we quarantine, whether we have, we don't know", Trump said. She also joined the POTUS to a Minnesota rally on Wednesday.

"Who knows?" said Trump. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, campaign manager Bill Stepien, and National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien were all on Air Force One with the president Tuesday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel self-isolated after a doctor who gave her a vaccination tested positive for the virus, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau worked from home after his wife fell ill.

"I just went out with a test and the First Lady just went out with a test also", he said.

Stay tuned to Pinkvilla for more updates.

Hicks is the latest in the White House orbit known publicly to have contracted COVID-19.

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Earlier this year, several White House staffers, including Secret Service personnel, tested positive for the virus after a Trump rally.

Trump suggested that Hicks may have caught the virus from a supporter.

Later, the first lady wrote on Twitter that she and her husband were "feeling good".

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

Earlier, taking to Twitter, Trump said it was bad that Hicks fell ill.

It's worth noting Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden shared a freaking stage together for at least 1.5 hours two days ago, though they appeared to stand at a distance from one another on camera.

Despite the pandemic, Trump has been holding large rallies across the US, with many of his ardent supporters not wearing masks or face coverings. She served previously as White House communications director and as a spokesperson for Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. She was with him again for a campaign rally in Minnesota on Wednesday.