What Hope Hicks' positive COVID-19 test means for Trump

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The president announced that his wife, Melania Trump, has also tested positive for COVID-19 and that they are both heading into quarantine immediately.

Hope Hicks, who serves as counselor to the president, became the latest Trump aide to come down with the highly contagious virus.

News of Hicks' positive test quickly propelled her name to the top of the Twitter trends, as a flurry of pundits rushed to politicize the story, such as CNN "national security analyst" Sam Vinograd, who said it only proved the White House refuses to "do what's necessary to protect its own staff", while wishing Hicks a "speedy recovery". "God bless you President Trump & our wonderful First Lady Melania".

However, as a precautionary measure, the POTUS and FLOTUS are starting their quarantine process. "Whether we quarantine, whether we have, we don't know", Trump said.

During a phone call with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night, Mr Trump said he and Mrs Trump "spend a lot of time with Hope".

Ms Hope Hicks tested positive after flying with aboard Air Force One to the presidential debate in Cleveland on Tuesday and to a campaign rally in Minnesota on Wednesday. She is believed to be the person closest to the president who has tested positive so far.

Despite controversial statements on COVID-19 that downplayed the seriousness of the pandemic, gave mixed messages on the importance of face masks, and touted information about potential COVID-19 treatments and vaccine progress that health experts refuted, Trump said he will quarantine.

"We'll see what happens".

The quarantining of the president and first lady also raised the likelihood that numerous president's other senior advisers, who also were within close proximity to Ms. We are feeling good and I have postponed all upcoming engagements.

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Hicks departed the White House in 2018 and took on a senior role in Fox Corp.'s communications office.

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

According to Bloomberg, Hicks said earlier that she was experiencing some coronavirus symptoms.

Trump, the White House and his campaign have flouted other CDC guidelines and recommendations from public health officials, and largely refused to wear masks or practice social distancing.

Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo all let it be known they had tested negative, and the White House said Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett had also been given the all-clear. By January of 2015, a short time after she joined the Trump Organisation, Mr Trump himself recruited her for his presidential campaign.

While there is now no evidence that Trump is seriously ill, the positive test raises questions about what would happen if he were to become incapacitated due to illness. Anyone in close proximity to the president or vice-president is also tested every day, including reporters.

It added that the couple will remain at the White House during their recovery, and Trump is expected to continue his duties "without disruption".

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