White House in Washington, DC.
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Hours after White Home aide Hope Hicks reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, President Donald Trump advised the general public that each he and First Girl Melania Trump had additionally examined optimistic for the virus, as decided by a check administered on Thursday.

“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I examined optimistic for COVID-19,” Trump stated on his Twitter account on early Friday morning. “We are going to start our quarantine and restoration course of instantly.” This was adopted by White Home doctor Sean Conley saying he’d “acquired affirmation” of that information, adding that the couple “plan[s] to stay at house inside the White Home throughout their convalescence.” As of press time, no additional particulars have been disclosed about both the President or First Girl’s bodily situation.

Studies about Hicks’ contraction of the virus point out a timeline of her exhibiting gentle signs on Wednesday whereas touring with Trump, adopted by a reportedly positive test result Wednesday night. In a while Thursday, after Trump had already traveled to a fundraiser at Trump Nationwide Golf Membership in Bedminster, NJ, he described Hicks’ test results. Hours later, he disclosed his personal check outcome.

Studies recommend Trump has been subjected to a rigorous COVID-19 testing routine all through 2020, and White Home spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany claimed in July that the President is examined “a number of occasions a day” for the virus. Ought to Trump’s first optimistic outcome have emerged particularly on Thursday, the timeline for his contraction lands roughly 5 to 6 days earlier, or September 25-26.

The information follows public scrutiny about Trump’s statements to journalist Bob Woodward in February of this yr:

“It goes by air, Bob. That is all the time harder than the contact. You already know, the contact, you do not have to the touch issues. Proper? However the air, you simply breathe the air and that is the way it’s handed. [The coronavirus is] extra lethal than… even your strenuous flus.”

That stance on COVID-19’s deadliness and infectiousness differed wildly from public statements made by the President and members of his shut circle (together with son Donald Jr.) within the months that adopted, whether or not on tv, at rallies, or on social media platforms.


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