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President and First Lady quarantining; test positive for COVID-19

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after learning that senior White House adviser Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus. Hicks traveled with Trump aboard Air Force One to his debate on Tuesday and also to his rally in Minnesota on Wednesday.

“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER,” the president tweeted early Friday morning.

White House spokesman Judd Deere said that Trump takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him and the American people very seriously.

“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,” Deere said.

The president told Fox News on Thursday that it’s very difficult for him and his team to avoid catching the virus since they interact with so many people on a daily basis. He said it’s a hard time because when members of the military, police officers and others want to be close to him he feels it’s not right to deny them the opportunity.

“It’s very hard when you’re with soldiers, when you are with airmen, when you’re with the Marines, and the police officers, I’m with them so much. And when they come over to you, it’s hard to say, ‘stay back, stay back.’ You know, it’s a tough kind of a situation, it’s a terrible thing,” Trump said.

CNN medical analyst, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, said that Speaker Nancy Pelosi should also go into isolation as well due to the continuity of government.

“The continuity of government requires that we have a clear leader here and it’s very possible that the president and vice president can both becomes sick right now,” Reiner said.

Hicks tested positive on Thursday. Trump said he was surprised to learn that Hicks tested positive for the virus but said she is a very warm person who also interacts with countless people daily. Hicks is the most senior White House aide to contract the virus to date.

PHOTO: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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