President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, the president announced on Twitter early Friday morning.
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” he tweeted.
The first lady followed suit, tweeting, "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."
Dr. Sean Conley, the physician to the president, said in a memo released by the White House, that the Trumps tested positive for SARS-COv-2. "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," he wrote in the memo.
Trump had told Sean Hannity on Fox News that he and the first lady had been tested and were awaiting the results after Hope Hicks, one of Trump’s closest advisors, tested positive for COVID-19.
"So she did test positive," Trump said of Hicks. "I just heard about this. She tested positive. She's a hard worker. A lot of masks. She wears masks a lot. But she tested positive. I just went out with a test. The first lady also went out with a test. So whether we quarantine or whether we have it, I don't know .... So I just went for a test and we'll see what happens. Who knows."
He added, "She's fantastic and she's done a great job. But it's very, very hard when you're with people from the military and law enforcement and they want to hug you and kiss you ... I was surprised to hear about Hope, but she's a very warm person ... She knows there is a risk. But she is young. I went out for test and the first lady also, because we spent a lot of time with Hope. So we'll see what happens."
On Friday morning, Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary said Pence and second lady Karen Pence had tested negative for COVID-19.
"This morning, Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for COVID-19. Vice President Pence remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery," press secretary Devin O'Malley tweeted.