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President Trump, first lady test positive for COVID-19

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump pose for a photo with Judge Amy Coney Barrett and her family members after being announced as the President’s nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
October 02, 2020

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, the president announced early Friday.

“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump tweeted just before 1:00 a.m. EST.

The president and first lady’s positive result came just hours after top Trump aide Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus. Hicks was seen traveling with Trump to the first presidential debate on Tuesday night, and also spent time with the president on Wednesday.

Trump had announced hours earlier that he and the first lady began quarantining after Hicks’ positive test result.

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Melania Trump tweeted, “As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.”

Trump’s doctor, Sean P. Conley, released a statement, saying:

I release the following information with the permission of President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.
This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.
The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions. Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments.

It is unclear whether Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is undergoing testing or quarantine, as he appeared days earlier near the president in Ohio for the first presidential debate, a 90-minute-long event. Both the president and Biden were positioned apart more than the recommended six-feet social distancing parameters.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted, “The strength of the entire country is with President @realDonaldTrump and@FLOTUS. America stands united. Our country stands strong. Your President will continue to put the People first!”

If Trump becomes too ill to continue his duties, Vice President Mike Pence will assume those responsibilities. Pence was seen with Trump on Monday, but it is unclear what his testing or quarantine status currently is. If both Trump and Pence were to become too ill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the next official in line to assume those duties.

Karen and I send our love and prayers to our dear friends President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS Melania Trump. We join millions across America praying for their full and swift recovery. God bless you President Trump & our wonderful First Lady Melania,” Pence tweeted early Friday.

In recent months, Pence communications director Katie Miller and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien also tested positive for COVID-19. A U.S. Marine on Trump’s helicopter team also tested positive.

Trump was expected to attend a campaign rally in Sanford, Fla. on Friday.