WASHINGTON (AP/WCCO) — Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump’s closest aides, has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Hicks serves as counselor to the president, and traveled with him to Minnesota Wednesday for a fundraiser in Shorewood, followed by a rally in Duluth. She tested positive Thursday, according to an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private health information.
President Trump says he and First Lady Melania Trump are awaiting coronavirus test results, and are in 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
Hicks is the closest aide to Trump to test positive so far. Hicks traveled with the president multiple times this week, including on Marine One, the presidential helicopter, for a Minnesota rally Wednesday, and aboard Air Force One to Tuesday night’s first presidential debate.
WCCO confirms that all three Minnesota GOP Congressmen — Toe Emmer, Jim Hagedorn and Pete Stauber — were aboard Air Force One with Trump and Hicks Wednesday. Former Congressman Jason Lewis, who is currently running against Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith in the November election, was also on board.
Christine Snell, communications director for Lewis’ campaign, gave this statement to WCCO Thursday evening: “Congressman Lewis wishes Ms. Hicks well, and I can confirm that at no time did the Congressman and Ms. Hicks speak or interact Wednesday.”
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