Trump has mild COVID-19 symptoms - chief of staff

"He continues to be not only in good spirits, but extremely energetic. We talked a number of times this morning," Meadows told reporters at the White House, adding: "I fully expect that as this virus continues to go on, other people in the White House will certainly have a positive test result."

On Thursday night, shortly after Trump predicted the pandemic's end was in sight, news broke that Hope Hicks, a top adviser and trusted aide, had tested positive for the virus. Hicks traveled with the president on Air Force One on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Trump flew to New Jersey after White House officials learned of Hicks’s symptoms, and attended a fundraiser at his golf club and delivered a speech. Trump was in close contact with other people, including campaign supporters, at a roundtable event.

Trump, who has played down the threat of the coronavirus pandemic from the outset, said he and his wife Melania had tested positive for the deadly virus and were going into quarantine. Their son Barron had tested negative, a White House official said.

"We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!" Trump said in a tweet early on Friday morning.

The president's illness upended his re-election campaign with just 31 days left to go until the presidential election.

Video Transcript

MARK MEADOWS: As all of you know, the-- the president and the first lady tested positive for COVID-19. They remain in good spirits. The president does have mild symptoms. He-- he continues to be not only in good spirits, but very energetic. We've-- we've talked a-- a number of times this morning. I got the five or six things that he had tasked me to do, like I do every single morning.

Actually, as-- as we look at this, I'm not going to get into the TikTok. I can tell you in terms of Hope-- Hope Hicks, we discovered that right as the Marine One was taking off yesterday, we actually pull-- pulled some of the people that had been traveling in-- in close contact. The reason why it was reported out, just frankly, is that we had already started the contact tracing just prior to that.

- Why aren't you wearing a mask right now?

MARK MEADOWS: Yeah, so I obviously have been tested. We're hopefully more than six feet away. What you-- what you have is-- is a virus that is contagious. That-- that certainly continues to be-- regardless of whatever protocol we have, that-- that it has the ability to affect everybody.

At-- at the same time, I fully expect that as this virus continues to go on, other people in the White House will certainly have a-- a positive test result. And we've got the mitigation plan in place to make sure that the government not only continues to-- to move forward, but the-- the work of the American people continues to work forward-- move forward.

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