Trump tests positive for COVID-19

President Donald Trump announced he and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, have tested positive for COVID-19. Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS

White House doctor Sean P. Conley releases statement on President Trump’s COVID diagnosis

President Donald Trump announced Friday morning that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19.

The president was tested after a close aide, Hope Hicks, tested positive for COVID-19. Hicks experienced mild symptoms on the plane ride home after a campaign rally in Minnesota on Wednesday evening, the Associated Press reported.

At 74 years old, Trump is within the higher risk category for the disease.

Vice President Mike Pence said he and second lady Karen Pence have tested negative for coronavirus. Joe Biden has also said he’s going to get tested.

“We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately,” Trump tweeted around 1 a.m. “We will get through this TOGETHER!”

Melania also tweeted about how she and the president are feeling.

“We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements,” she said in a tweet. “Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.”

Sean P. Conley, physician to the president, said he and the rest of the White House medical team will maintain a “vigilant watch” over the Trumps and that he expects “the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering.”

“The President and First Lady are both well at this time,” Conley said. “And they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.”

Read the full statement below:

“I release the following information with the permission of President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.

“This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

“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.

“The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions. Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments.”

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