President Donald Trump says he and first lady have tested positive for coronavirus

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were in Cleveland on Tuesday for the first presidential debate. They have since tested positive for the new coronavirus. Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Barria

President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, have contracted the coronavirus, White House officials said, after months in which he has played down a pandemic that has killed more than 205,000 Americans and sickened millions more.

Trump, 74, was diagnosed hours after it became publicly known that Hope Hicks, a top Trump aide who traveled with him on Air Force One and Marine One this week, tested positive Thursday morning.

“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for the coronavirus,” the president tweeted just before 1 a.m. Eastern time. “We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”