Donald Trump is to start quarantining after close aide Hope Hicks tested positive for coronavirus.
The US president said he and first lady Melania Trump will begin the “quarantine process” as they await coronavirus test results.
Trump tweeted: “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!”
Hicks, one of Trump’s closest and most trusted aides, travelled on Air Force One with the president to Cleveland for Tuesday’s presidential debate and to Minnesota for a rally on Wednesday, Bloomberg reported.
She was photographed leaving Air Force One in Cleveland while not wearing a mask.
Hicks, a former model and public relations consultant who previously worked for the Trump Organisation, returned to the White House as Trump’s counsellor in February after resigning in March 2018 from her role as White House communications director.
Several White House employees have tested positive for Covid-19 since the pandemic began, including national security adviser Robert O’Brien, vice president Mike Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller and one of Trump’s personal valets.