Shortly after midnight, Trump and the First Lady Melania put out a statement saying they had tested positive for coronavirus.
In a tweet, Trump wrote: “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!”
Two hours later, Trump also wrote: “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”’
On Twitter, Melania Trump wrote: “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.”
Mr Trump’s physician Sean Conley in a statement said: They “are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence”.
“Rest assured, I expect the president to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments.”