President Trump, First Lady Test Positive For COVID-19

Update (0100ET): President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Thursday night tweet. "We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!" he added.

In a Thursday night memo from Trump physician Sean P. Conley said "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."

Some have noted that President Trump was traveling with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows all week - who met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday, as well as Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

Update: Meadows has tested negative per Fox News' Peter Doocy.

Conservative Twitter is full of well wishes and hot-takes.

Meanwhile, some Trump opponents are celebrating or cracking jokes.

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Update (2245ET): President Trump has just confirmed Hope Hicks positive COVID-19 test, and that he and the First Lady will begin a quarantine process:

What this means for the next debate is anyone's guess at the moment.

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Update (2030ET): The White House isn't confirming or denying the Hicks story, though it did release one cryptic comment.

That's definitely not a "no".

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Former White House Communications chief-turned-senior adviser Hope Hicks has tested positive for the coronavirus, reviving fears about President Trump, VP Mike Pence and other senior staffers being exposed, Bloomberg reports.

Though the anonymous sources who spilled the beans to Bloomberg insisted there was no evidence that Trump was exposed, Hicks did ride with Trump aboard Air Force One to the debate in Cleveland on Tuesday. She also traveled with Trump to his rally in Minnesota on Wednesday.

Other senior staff have contracted the virus and recovered, including National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, though few spend as much time with the president as Hicks, who - according to BBG's sources - is already experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, though they offered no insight into the nature of the symptoms.

During the time she spent away from the White House, Hicks served as the head of comms at Fox News, a frequent venue for Trump's interviews and scoops. She initially left the White House in March 2018, after testifying that she sometimes told 'white lies' on Trump's behalf, before returning last year.

Hicks was reportedly seen on Tuesday riding maskless in a staff van with White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, campaign adviser Jason Miller and others, which means that they were likely exposed to the virus, though it's no guarantee. The staffers will likely be tested, as all of the senior aides to Trump reportedly are regularly screened for COVID-19.

Does this mean Trump will need to quarantine for 14 days? That, of course, would require him to miss the next debate.