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COVID in the White House

Trump says he's tested positive for COVID-19

President Trump tweeted early Friday morning that both he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19.

"We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately," Trump said. "We will get through this TOGETHER!" The president and first lady were tested after one of his close advisers, Hope Hicks, tested positive for the virus. She traveled with Trump on Tuesday to Cleveland for the presidential debate and again on Wednesday for a rally in Minnesota. Hicks reportedly began to feel ill while in Minnesota, and quarantined aboard Air Force One on the trip back to Washington.

In a memo to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany that was made public, Sean Conley, the physician to the president, said both Trumps "are 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 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."