Donald Trump has just announced that he tested positive for Covid-19, and it seems that he caught it from his senior advisor Hope Hicks.

The President of the United States took to Twitter yesterday (October 1st) to reveal that he and his wife Melania would be quarantining whilst they wait for test results following the news that Hope Hicks tested positive for Covid.

Just hours later, he announced in another tweet that they had both tested positive, likely to have contracted the virus after Trump travelled with Hicks earlier in the week.

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Who is Hope Hicks?

Hope Hicks is a political advisor serving as senior counsellor to Donald Trump and is one of the President’s closest advisors. She has also formerly served as White House communication director and White House director of strategic communications.

The 31-year-old from Connecticut studied was a teen model before studying English at Southern Methodist University and becoming an employee of the Trump Organisation. She then later became press secretary for Trump’s 2016 Presidential Campaign.

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Her family have a history of working within government administration, with her mother being an administrative aid to Ed Jones, her grandfather working in the  U.S. Department of Agriculture and her grandmother working in the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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Hope Hicks tests positive for Covid-19

Hope Hicks, Donald Trump’s senior aide has just tested positive for Covid 19, and she was travelling with the President earlier this week on the Air Force One, a private military plane designated entirely to presidential travel.

Hicks travelled with Trump twice, first from the presidential debate in Cleveland on Tuesday and then to a rally in Minnesota on Wednesday. Bloomberg report that Hicks felt unwell in Minnesota and quarantined on the Air Force One on the way home.

After hearing about Hicks’s positive test, the president took to Twitter to reveal that he and Melania would be self-isolating whilst they awaited test results. He said:

“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 Trump tests positive for Covid-19

Just two hours after the first tweet, Donald Trump took to Twitter again to reveal that he and Melania had tested positive for Covid-19. He said:

“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”

According to the New York Times, the President had a full day of events planned for Friday, including a private fund-raiser at the Trump International Hotel in Washington and a campaign rally in Florida, both of which will inevitably be cancelled.

The President and First Lady are expected to quarantine at the White House.

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