Trump aide Hope Hicks tests positive for the coronavirus: reports

Trump aide Hope Hicks tests positive for the coronavirus: reports
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Hope Hicks, a top aide to President Donald Trump, has tested positive for the coronavirus, Bloomberg News reported first on Thursday.

"There was no indication that the president has contracted the virus, the people said," reporters Jennifer Jacobs and Jordan Fabian wrote. "Hicks traveled with Trump aboard Air Force One to and from the presidential debate on Tuesday."

Shortly after the news broke, the New York Times' Maggie Haberman confirmed the report.

Monic Alba of NBC News noted that Hicks had been recently photographed leaving Air Force One without a mask.

Trump has previously come into contact with people who were later found to have been infected with the virus. In March, he interacted with a Brazilian official who tested positive. National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien was also found to have contracted the virus that causes COVID-19 in July.

At Tuesday's presidential debate, former Vice President Joe Biden criticized Trump for not taking the virus seriously enough and for continuing to hold large rallies, which risk major outbreaks. Trump falsely claimed that the events have only been held outdoors, though he has in fact held indoor rallies which pose a much greater risk. Following an indoor Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, attendee and former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain was hospitalized for COVID-19 and subsequently died from the infection.

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