Trump awaits Covid-19 test results after aide infected

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He is 74 years old and clinically obese, putting him at higher risk of serious complications from a virus that has infected more than 7 million people nationwide. "I feel bad for my colleagues who are supposed to be on Air Force One and in the pool tomorrow".

"President Trump remains in good spirts, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day", said press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

The White House physician had earlier said that first lady, who is 50, was "well at this time". "In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!"

Trump, a Republican, urged USA states to re-open shuttered economies even as the number of cases continued to soar and knocked Democratic governors for putting tough measures into place to bring the virus under control. I just went out for a test, it will come back later I guess.

Global financial markets declined as the news of Trump's status spread.

An infection this close to the November election - even if Trump has few or mild symptoms - will upend his campaign schedule at a time when he can least afford to be sidelined.

"The American people can rest assured that we have a president that is not only on the job, will remain on the job, and I'm optimistic that he'll have a very quick and speedy recovery". "The vice president can step in where he needs to".

"I wish the President and his administration the very best as he continues to lead our country". "As you know, he's not one to sit still".

Trump and his staff do not wear masks regularly and the president has denigrated people who wear them.

Early Friday, President Donald Trump announced via Twitter he and First Lady Melania have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Hicks is one of the president's most trusted and longest-serving aides, having worked as spokesperson for his 2016 campaign.

The White House has had previous coronavirus scares.

An aide who saw Trump late Thursday said he seemed normal and did not show any symptoms, though he was aware of Hicks and her condition.

From left, deputy chief of staff for communications Dan Scavino, director of Oval Office operations Nicholas Luna, senior adviser Jared Kushner, senior adviser Stephen Miller, and counselor to President Trump Hope Hicks depart the White House for Minnesota. "We will see what happens".

"I can tell you in terms of Hope Hicks, we discovered that right as Marine One was taking off yesterday", said Meadows.

The first lady also tweeted about her diagnosis.

"There's not a lot we can give in that first week to prevent deterioration", Wingfield said. At recent rallies - most of which are outside - large crowds have gathered, with many in the audience opting against wearing the widely recommended face masks.

He did not specify what quarantine procedures he would take, but public health officials advise individuals who have been in contact with those who test positive for the coronavirus to self-isolate up to two weeks.

Biden has criticized Trump sharply for his response to the pandemic, while the president has touted his own management of it. Trump's family and supporters in the audience did not wear masks.

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