The president of the United States, Donald Trump, announced this Thursday night that he will start with the first lady, Melania Trump, a “quarantine process” after meeting the positive for coronavirus from one of his closest advisers.
“Hope Hicks, who has been working really hard without even taking a little break, just tested positive for COVID-19. Terrible! The first lady and I are awaiting the results of our tests. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process! “Trump announced on Twitter.
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 waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
Shortly before, Trump had claimed that both he and Melania had undergone a new coronavirus test, after knowing the positive of Hicks, according to reports Europa Press.
“She has tested positive, I just found out. She is a hard worker. She wears a mask many times but has tested positive,” the president said during an interview with FOX News.
“I’ve had a test. We’ll see, because we spend a lot of time together, and the first lady has also done it, “continued the president.
Hicks, 31, traveled this Wednesday with Trump on the presidential planeAir Force One to Minnesota, where the president had planned a campaign rally, reports Efe. They also traveled together Tuesday to Cleveland for the presidential debate and to Pennsylvania for another rally on Saturday.
A Hicks she was seen without a mask at different times during these trips, the same with Trump, who does not use it in public.
The closest person so far
A White House spokesman, Judd Deere, said in a statement not directly referring to Hicks’ positive that “President takes your health very seriously, that of everyone around him and the American people. “
The White House did not clarify at the time when Trump was last tested for coronavirus.
Hicks is the closest person to Trump who has tested positive for coronavirus to date, although several officials in the White House have been infected previously, including Katie Miller, spokeswoman for the vice president, Mike Pence.
Hicks was the campaign spokesperson President of Trump in 2016 and after the arrival of the president to power, she joined as an official in the White House, where she came to occupy the position of Director of Communication, which he left in 2018.
In February of this year, however, Trump brought her back to his team this time as advises.
The United States is the country hardest hit by the pandemic with 7,276,938 confirmed cases of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and that of 207,771 deaths for COVID-19 disease, according to the most recent data from Johns Hopkins University.