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Trump, first lady test positive for COVID

President Donald Trump stands with first lady Melania Trump after Tuesday’s presidential debate. Associated Press/Photo by Julio Cortez

Trump, first lady test positive for COVID

In an early Friday post on Twitter, President Donald Trump confirmed he and Melania started their quarantine process at the White House, adding, “We will get through this TOGETHER!” Senior White House aide Hope Hicks, who traveled with him to several functions this week, confirmed her infection hours before the Trumps tested positive. The news comes just a month before the Nov. 3 presidential election.

How will this affect his duties? Dr. Sean Conley, the president’s physician, said Trump will continue his activities without disruption from the White House. The 74-year-old leader canceled plans to attend a fundraiser in Washington and a rally in Florida on Friday. If Trump becomes too ill to lead, Vice President Mike Pence will serve as acting president. Trump told reporters in May, “I felt no vulnerability whatsoever” as White House staff fell sick. Other world leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, have contracted and recovered from the virus.

Dig deeper: Read Dr. Charles Horton’s report on ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus indoors.

Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD’s Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University–Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria.



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I am surprised this didn't happen sooner, given all the people with whom they have contact.