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Published on October 1, 2020 8:47 PM

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Trump says he'll quarantine after aide Hope Hicks tests positive for coronavirus
President Donald Trump said Thursday he will go into quarantine after Hope Hicks, one of his closest allies, tested positive for coronavirus.

"Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Terrible!" the president tweeted late Thursday. "The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!"

Hicks, a counselor to the president, had traveled with Trump on Tuesday for his debate with Democratic challenger Joe Biden in Cleveland. She was seen traveling on Air Force One without a mask. She also traveled with the president during his rally in Minnesota on Wednesday.

Trump said during a Thursday night interview with Fox News" Sean Hannity that he and first lady Melania Trump had been tested for the virus and were waiting for the results.

"We"ll see what happens, but who knows?" Trump said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends isolating for two weeks after exposure, even if a coronavirus test comes back negative. A test taken too soon after exposure may not detect the virus.

As of just before his Fox appearance, quarantining did not appear on Trump"s Friday schedule, which includes an intelligence briefing, a roundtable with supporters and a campaign rally in Florida. It was unclear how ...