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Trump, First Lady test positive for COVID

Diagnosis - just one month from the Nov. 3 elections - throws remainder of campaign into question

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk from the Marine One helicopter back to the White House after traveling to Fort McHenry in Baltimore for Memorial Day holiday commemorations from Washington, U.S., May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Erin Scott

With just a month to go until the nation's elections, U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife Melania have tested positive for COVID-19 after coming into contact with a staffer who was diagnosed with the virus.

Around midnight on Friday in Washington, reports started coming in that the president and first lady would go into quarantine after Hope Hicks - an adviser - tested positive for the virus. Hicks had traveled with the president on Air Force One this week.

Shortly after that, Trump tweeted his own tests results.

"Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19," he announced on Twitter. "We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!"

Trump's doctor released an official letter.

"This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus," Dr. Sean Conley wrote. "The President and First Lady are both well at this time , and they plan to remain home within the White House during their convalescence."

"The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country's greatest medical professionals and institutions. Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any further developments."

This news cuts into Trump's ability to campaign against Democrat nominee former vice president Joe Biden in what is already a contentious and tight race. A planned Trump rally - famed for drawing thousands of supporters - has been canceled in Orlando.

President Trump is 74.

Melania Trump also sent out a tweet, empathizing with Americans who have been diagnosed with the virus.

"As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together," she said.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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