Trump starts 'quarantine process' after aide tests positive

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Turns out he should have worn the mask he taunted Biden with during the debate.

Biden has criticized Trump sharply for his response to the pandemic, while the president has touted his own management of it.

The White House has issued a new schedule for Trump's activities on Friday that did not include his planned trip to Florida.

At one point, Trump mocked his opponent for his frequent wearing of masks, when questioned on his distrust of their efficiency.

President Trump confirmed her diagnosis in an interview on Fox News and said he would be getting tested.

Hicks, who serves as counselor to Trump and traveled with him to a rally Wednesday, tested positive Thursday, according to an administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private health information. He said she has been working without taking even a small break.

Hope Hicks walks to Air Force One to depart Washington with President Donald Trump and other staff on campaign travel to Minnesota from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., September 30, 2020.

A close adviser to Donald Trump who frequently travels with the President has tested positive for the coronavirus.

White House aides are tested for the virus regularly; some, like White House chief of staff Meadows, are tested daily.

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The latest development is likely to be a blow to Trump's campaign, which has relied on in-person rallies, despite being in the midst of a pandemic, to galvanize the president's base. "I felt no vulnerability whatsoever", he told reporters back in May.

The news was sure to rattle an already shaken nation still grappling with how to safely reopen the economy without driving virus transmission.

The president largely eschews wearing masks and has criticized others who do.

"Karen and I send our love and prayers to our dear friends President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS Melania Trump".

Barely two weeks ago, Trump had told the U.N. General Assembly that China, where the virus first emerged late previous year, should be held accountable for unleashing "this plague on the world".

"The President takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him and the American people very seriously", he said. "And you get close to them - and things happen".

The American president testing positive for the highly contagious virus has become the biggest talking point on social media as thousands of people wished him a quick recovery. 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. Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was hospitalized last month while fighting what he called a "hellish" case of COVID-19.

Her 2018 resignation came one day after she testified before the House Intelligence Committee in its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Fox News reported on Friday that Meadows' most recent COVID-19 test was negative. Watch tonight at 9 p.m., only on News 12.

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