Donald Trump and his wife Melania have tested positive for Covid-19.
In a tweet the president stated: “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
Mr Trump, 74, said he and the first lady, 50, were already self-isolating after Hope Hicks, one of his top aides, had tested positive yesterday.
Ms Hicks had travelled with the president multiple times this week, including aboard Marine One, the presidential helicopter, for a Minnesota rally on Wednesday, and aboard Air Force One to Tuesday night’s first presidential debate against Joe Biden.
In response to the President’s positive result, Sean Conley, physician to the president, said: “The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.
“The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions.
“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.”
However, it is not clear how the President’s positive result will now affect the second presidential debate which is scheduled for 15 October in Miami, Florida or future campaigning with only 33 days to go until Americans head to the polls on 3 November.