US President Donald Trump has mentioned he and the US first woman are in quarantine after certainly one of his closest aides examined constructive for coronavirus.
He tweeted that each he and Melania Trump have been now awaiting their very own check outcomes after Hope Hicks was contaminated.
The 31-year-old adviser to the president is the closest aide to Mr Trump to check constructive thus far.
She travelled with him on Air Force One to a TV debate in Ohio earlier this week.
Ms Hicks was pictured getting off the presidential jet on Tuesday in Cleveland with out a masks.
She was in even nearer proximity to him aboard the presidential helicopter Marine One on Wednesday when the president held a rally in Minnesota.
What did Mr Trump say?
Mr Trump tweeted on Thursday night time: “Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Terrible!
“The First Lady and I are ready for our check outcomes. In the meantime, we are going to start our quarantine course of!”
It is not clear how the quarantine will affect arrangements for the second presidential debate, which is scheduled for 15 October in Miami, Florida.
During a phone call with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night, Mr Trump said he and Mrs Trump “spend quite a lot of time with Hope”.
“So we’ll see what occurs,” said the president, adding that Ms Hicks often wore masks but had still tested positive.
Mr Trump mostly spurns mask-wearing and is often pictured not socially distanced with aides or others during official engagements.
According to Bloomberg News, Ms Hicks is experiencing symptoms of the disease, and was quarantined on Air Force One on the trip back from Minnesota.
Have there been other cases at the White House?
Ms Hicks is the latest White House aide to contract Covid-19. Vice-President Mike Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller tested positive in May and recovered.
That same month, a member of the US Navy who was serving as one of Mr Trump’s personal valets tested positive for coronavirus.
But the White House said neither the president nor vice-president were affected.
National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, a variety of Secret Service brokers, a Marine One pilot and a White House cafeteria employee have additionally examined constructive.
Ms Hicks was a marketing campaign spokeswoman throughout Mr Trump’s candidacy earlier than turning into communications director in his White House.
She stepped down in March 2018 to change into chief communications officer at Rupert Murdoch’s Fox, earlier than returning to the White House in February.
The coronavirus has contaminated greater than 7.2 million Americans, killing greater than 200,000 of them.
The White House checks aides and anybody else who comes into contact with the president each day.
Who is Hope Hicks?
- Brought up in Greenwich, Connecticut
- Took up modelling as a young person and as soon as appeared in an advert for Ralph Lauren
- Previously labored for a public relations firm that dealt with Ivanka Trump’s style enterprise and the Trump Organization’s property model
- Joined the Trump Organization in 2014 and Donald Trump introduced her on to his marketing campaign crew a 12 months later, regardless of her lack of political expertise
- Nicknamed “Hopester” by Mr Trump, she is claimed to be certainly one of his most trusted aides and among the many few who may problem him to vary his views