International News 

US President says he has tested positive for COVID-19

2nd October 2020

Donald and Melania Trump went into quarantine on Thursday night after an aide tested positive earlier in the day

US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a tweet by the president himself.

The couple reportedly went into quarantine on Thursday night after an aide, Hope Hicks, tested positive for the virus earlier in the day.

"The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results," he had tweeted, earlier on Thursday evening. "In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!"

"You know I spend a lot of time with Hope, and so does the first lady," Mr Trump told Fox News earlier in the evening.

Ms Hicks was on board Air Force One together with the president while he travelled to Cleveland, Ohio, for the first presidential debate with rival Joe Biden, on Tuesday.

She also joined the president on a campaign stop in Minnesota on Wednesday.

The president has faced criticism for choosing to host large outdoor rallies during a pandemic. During Tuesday evening's debate, the difference in attitudes by the presidential candidates was highlighted, as Mr Trump was compared to his rival who prefers to host smaller events.

In true Trump-ian fashion, he challenged that his rival could not host large events, as nobody would turn up. 


US President says he has tested positive for COVID-19