Hope Hicks, Top Trump Adviser, Tests Positive for Coronavirus

From left, Hope Hicks, an advisor to President Donald Trump, President Trump’s senior adviser, Jared Kushner, and White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino, walk to Air Force One to depart Washington with the president and other staff to Minnesota from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, on Sept. 30, 2020.
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Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump’s closest senior advisers, tested positive for the coronavirus, a source close to the Trump campaign told NBC News on Thursday.

She is among the highest-profile members of the administration to test positive and is in frequent contact with Trump, but there is no indication the president has contracted the virus.

Hicks, whose diagnosis was first reported by Bloomberg News, recently traveled on the Marine One helicopter and on Air Force One with the president to Cleveland for Tuesday’s debate along with roughly 20 to 30 aides and family members and was seen backstage. Hicks was also on the plane traveling to Trump’s rally in Minnesota Wednesday night, along with the president’s son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner and with Dan Scavino, another top White House adviser.

She was seen in a photo on Wednesday not wearing a mask after exiting Marine One with Kushner and White House aide Stephen Miller.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that those who test positive should self-isolate, monitor symptoms and wear a mask when around other people. If symptoms, such as trouble breathing, get worse, the CDC says to seek emergency medical care immediately.

Earlier this year, roughly eight White House staffers, including Secret Service personnel, tested positive for the virus after a Trump rally. A White House cafeteria worker also tested positive for coronavirus in July.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Monica Alba and Dartunorro Clark

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