Uh oh! According to new reports, one of President Donald Trump's closest aides has tested positive for coronavirus.
Hope Hicks traveled with the president to the debate on Tuesday night in Cleveland. Now she has tested positive for COVID-19 according to an NBC News report.
“The President takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him and the American people very seriously,” said spokesman Judd Deere. “White House Operations collaborates with the Physician to the President and the White House Military Office to ensure all plans and procedures incorporate current CDC guidance and best practices for limiting COVID-19 exposure to the greatest extent possible both on complex and when the President is traveling.”
Hicks’ positive test was first reported by Bloomberg News, which cited people familiar with the matter. The Associated Press also reported it, citing an official. Bloomberg also reported that Hicks had traveled with Trump to a rally Wednesday night in Minnesota.
The New York Times reported that the White House knew about Hicks’ condition Wednesday night, and that she is under quarantine.
The latest revelation comes as coronavirus cases reach nearly 7.23 million in the United States, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. Worldwide, the virus has infected about 34 million and killed more than 1 million. At least 206,971 have died in the U.S.
Hicks, 31, is among the highest-ranking members in Trump’s orbit to have reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus.
In July, Trump’s national security advisor, Robert O’Brien, tested positive for the coronavirus. At the time, the White House said that O’Brien was experiencing “mild symptoms” and was “self-isolating and working from a secure location off-site.”
“There is no risk of exposure to the President or the Vice President. The work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted,” the White House said in a July statement.
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