In the wake of Hope Hicks testing positive for the new coronavirus, President Donald Trump says he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19 and will quarantine. White House physician Sean Conley issued a statement saying the president and first lady are both feeling fine. “I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering,” Conley said. Hicks, one of Trump’s most senior and longest-serving advisers, was confirmed to be infected Wednesday. She had traveled with Trump to Tuesday’s presidential debate and to campaign rallies in Minnesota and Pennsylvania, exposing the president and first lady. “So she did test positive,” Trump said during an interview on Fox News late Thursday.
Trump confirmed that he and the first lady were tested after Hicks’ diagnosis. “I just went out for a test. It’ll come back later, I guess. The first lady also, because we spend a lot of time with Hope.” He added of Hicks, “When soldiers and law enforcement comes up to her, you know, she wants to treat them great. Not say, ‘stay away, I can't get near you.’ It’s a very tough disease.” Hicks was reportedly quarantined on Air Force One during a flight back from Minneapolis on Wednesday after experiencing symptoms this week.