Donald Trump tests positive for COVID-19

Updated: Oct 6, 2020

The US president and the first lady have tested positive for COVID-19 after senior aide Hope Hicks was also found to have the virus. Trump reportedly spent substantial time in close proximity with Hicks this week.

US President Donald Trump  and the First Lady tested positive for coronavirus Thursday. Trump tweeted that he and his wife Melania would begin their "recovery process immediately" and "get through this town together.

The president becomes the highest-profile world leader to contract the virus, just a month before he seeks a second term in the White House.

The Trumps had entered quarantine earlier in the day after senior aide Hope Hicks had also tested positive. She spent a substantial amount of time in close proximity with Trump this week, including traveling with him to a campaign rally on Wednesday, the Associated Press reported, citing an administration official.

She also traveled with Trump several other days this week, including on board the presidential helicopter Marine One as well as on Air Force One.