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.
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 2, 2020
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.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has been traveling on and off with Trump all week.— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) October 2, 2020
Meadows huddled with McConnell on Call Hill Wednesday, and has been assisting SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett in her meetings with senators on the Hill. pic.twitter.com/dqAhqMEC4E
Conservative Twitter is full of well wishes and hot-takes.
Trump is a living legend.— thebradfordfile™ (@thebradfordfile) October 2, 2020
He will beat this.
He will win in November.
He will go down as the greatest president in American history.
Best thing that could have happened to Trump. All oxygen belongs to him now.— Cernovich (@Cernovich) October 2, 2020
Meanwhile, some Trump opponents are celebrating or cracking jokes.
The very upset people on the right coming after me for addressing how delicious it is that Trump has corona virus are realllly ignoring the other several million now that their special little guy has it. At least they take it seriously for SOMEBODY— Cam (@cameron_kasky) October 2, 2020
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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:
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
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.
WH not confirming the @JenniferJJacobs report on Hope Hicks testing positive for COVID, but issues this statement: “The President takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him and the American people very seriously....”— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) October 2, 2020
... “WH Operations collaborates with the Physician to the President and the WH 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”— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) October 2, 2020
Jacobs reports Hicks is experiencing symptoms of the disease and was in close proximity to the President and mask-less this week. No comment yet from the WH on the exposure risk to POTUS.— Eamon Javers (@EamonJavers) October 2, 2020
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.