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President Donald Trump announces that he, first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19

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President Donald Trump announced early Friday morning that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, just hours after it was announced that Hope Hicks, a top White House aide who recently traveled with the President, had tested positive as well. 

At 1AM EDT Friday, President Trump tweeted: “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 tweet was quickly followed by a statement by the first lady, who added: “Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.” 

According to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, the President is experiencing mild symptoms of the virus as of Friday, but remains “very energetic” and in “good spirits.” He told reporters, “The great thing about this President is not only is he staying committed to working on behalf of the American people,” Meadows said. “We have a president that is not only on the job, will remain on the job, and I’m optimistic that he’ll have a very quick and speedy recovery.”

According to the press secretary of the Vice President, Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence tested negative for the virus Friday morning. Reported via Twitter by the Special Assistant to the President Carolina Hurley, Ivanka Trump and Senior advisor Jared Kushner also tested negative for the virus. Baron Trump, the President’s son, tested negative for the virus as of Friday morning. According to an announcement made by the White House, Amy Coney Barrett has tested negative for the virus as of Friday morning as well. 

Utah Senator Mike Lee announced Friday that he tested positive for COVID-19, days after visiting the White House. According to The New York Times, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tested positive for the virus Wednesday.

ARTICLE: BRENT SMITH

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