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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump test positive for Covid-19

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for coronavirus, the President announced early Friday morning.

“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump tweeted shortly before 1 am Friday.

The President had said earlier in the night that he planned to quarantine.
“Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!” Trump tweeted Thursday night.
Hicks has traveled with the President multiple times recently, including to the debate in Cleveland on Tuesday, and was seen boarding Marine One, along with several other of the President’s closest aides — Jared Kushner, Dan Scavino and Nicholas Luna — none of whom wore masks, on Wednesday as Trump was heading to a campaign rally in Minnesota.

“She did test positive, I just heard about this. She tested positive. She’s a hard worker. Lot of masks, she wears masks a lot but she tested positive. Then I just went out with a test. I’ll see — you know, because we spent a lot of time — and the first lady just went out with a test also. So whether we quarantine or whether we have it, I don’t know,” Trump said during a call-in appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

While it’s unclear what the President’s “quarantine process” will look like, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines state that a 14-day quarantine should take place after the last known exposure to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. This is because the incubation period for the novel coronavirus can be up to two weeks.
News of Hicks’ positive test comes amid continued efforts by the Trump administration to blatantly disregard science and best public health practices during the pandemic, with West Wing staff actively eschewing masks and the President defying recommendations from his own coronavirus task force, proceeding with a busy schedule of packed campaign ralies. Trump and his key aides have shown little interest in changing practices of his staff to meet the needs of the moment.
Trump, in his Fox News interview, speculated that Hicks could have contracted the virus from an interaction with a supporter.
“She’s a very warm person. She has a hard time, when soldiers and law enforcement comes up to her, you know, she wants to treat them great, not say, ‘Stay away, I can’t get near you.’ It’s a very, very tough disease,” he said.
A source close to Hicks told CNN that she is experiencing symptoms and is back in Washington. A source familiar with Hicks’ symptoms describes her as being achy and feeling pretty bad. CNN has reached out to Hicks for comment.
“The President takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him and the American people very seriously,” White House spokesman Judd Deere told CNN in a statement when asked about the level of contact between Hicks and Trump.
The White House made no mention of Hicks by name, nor did it confirm she had tested positive.
“White House Operations collaborates with the Physician to the President and the White House Military Office to ensure all plans and procedures incorporate current CDC guidance and best practices for limiting COVID-19 exposure to the greatest extent possible both on complex and when the President is traveling,” Deere added.
Some White House staffers who were in close proximity were notified of the positive test result today, one official said.
This development was first reported by Bloomberg News.

Source:CNN

26 COMMENTS

  1. So your Edgar nabena will be announcing tomorrow, ” me and the mother of nation, the beautiful Ester Lungu, have tested positive, we will quarantine like the Trumps, its new normal”.
    You remember he is a “me too”.

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  2. It is a pity that people in general have played down the impact of covid 19-Sorry sights of politicians gathering the masses in the midst of the pandemic.
    technology now is the way to go if one needs to campaign or sell whatever ideas across.

  3. PF is all over having meetings and mobilizing paid mobs without any regard to covid guidelines, ministry of health is just watching, they are putting the lives of Zambians at risk. Every body knows there is serious desperation in the PF camp but decency is still required.

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  4. In Zambia it’s male honorable Ministers and their female counterparts that test positive for COVID-19 together and go into quarantine simultaneously. We are a blessed nation

  5. Our country wishes President Trump and his beautiful wlfe Melania a quick recovery. Official communications via our embassy will be availed to the American president and his wlfe.

    For me I tested negative last week and I can only thank God. We have not heard from the boy tarino. Although we disagree on issues here, it is generally worrisome when I don’t hear from him during a pandemic. Especially that he is in UK where people are dying like chickens

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  6. Me too bandit President Edgar Lungu is about to announce the same thing via his facebook account….just like Nostradumus puts it…vonse nikukopela…namatenda yonse….useless President…the country is wallowing in serious debt and he has just realized that its impossible to pay back kaloba….till the lenders grab the entire country which he put down as a collateral Makaka

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  7. The fact that he announced it means he is playing politics and using the situation to recover from his dreadful debate. Watch how he comes out on the other side and continue where he left off. Covid-19 is now the get out of jail for many of these politicians. In God’s kingdom, “Right” will always be done.

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  8. Testing positive for covid-19 in America is not the same as in Zambia. The mortality and recovery rates for these regions are different. The likes of Nostradamus wishing Lungu bad needs to get their statistics [email protected], I thought HH is a me too person and not Lungu. Who started physical exercises first? Then you Tonga god went to the GYM with none GYM attire. I also hear HH is busy looking for a daughter so that he can do a wedding to compete with Tasila. I seem to remember Lungu visiting his mother and what following next was the richest person in country showing off a dilapidated house somewhere.

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  9. Politicians are tricksters all over the world….always playing with people’s minds….Trump trying a get out of Jail pass…remember Munangangwa bombed himself just a few days before elections…and he did get some sympathy votes and he won the elections…..its just a different form of rigging elections….exactly 30 days before elections and he mysteriously tests positive for
    a virus which he was was a “hoax” and quick to announce to the world…….anyway let me get ready to VOTE…

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  10. This Trump racist is just looking for a sympathy vote. I would not be surprised if the under5 tribal leader who uses similar tactics will not do the same. Nawakwi challenged U5 over privatization and U5’s first response was Lungu wants to assassinate me.

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  11. The diasporan immigrants hate trump because in most cases he speaks the truth about them and the truth hurts.

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    • Iwe Kaizar, naulya ka pushi?
      So you agree that your country is a Sh!thole country?
      Isn’t a Sh!thole country one where an incumbent accuses a challenger of rigging an election?

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  12. Here in America we are actually surprised that it took this long for Trump to contract this virus. He has been the most reckless President of the United States to ever responded to a pandemic. NEVER DARE FATE!

    I hope he finally become a believer of science and act like a leader suppose to in times of national emergency. Good luck to him and his family.

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  13. I am actually surprised that it took this long for him (Donald Trump) to contract COVID-19. He has been the most irresponsible President United States has ever seen respond to a national health emergency. His reckless behavior and disregard of expert opinion and recommendations has been nothing but pathetic. However, like it is always said, NEVER DARE FATE!

    I hope he will finally become a believer of science and start acting like a leader suppose to in times like this. Good luck to him and his family.

  14. Trump has been so indifferent ,cavalier and reckless about Covid 19 and now it has come to hurt him personally at election time. Karma is a b1tch .

  15. Trump has been so indifferent , cavalier and even reckless about Covid 19 and now it has come back to bite him at election time. Karma is a b1tch ,

  16. 1) Context: More than 200, 000 Americans dead from COVID-19.

    2) Question: Mr. President (Trump), do you take responsibility for these dead Americans because of the way you have responded to this pandemic?

    3) Answer: Not at all, not at all! IT IS WHAT IT IS.

    Yes indeed, “it is what it is.” I hope he doesn’t become one of the statistics. Because he has been the most arrogant, irresponsible, and inept United States President to ever responded to a public health emergency. Good luck to him and his family.

  17. Haha what time ? Live for the moment. Life is too short. Just warming up before the man of the hour our new governor appears. We are drinking with the guy who makes the kwacha. Wish me luck.

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