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News of the Day: The Trumps test positive for COVID-19

Just after midnight Friday, President Donald Trump tweeted that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19. 

The news comes the same week the world surpassed 1 million COVID-19-related deaths, with the United States ranking as the country with the highest death toll. Currently the U.S. death count hovers around 208,000, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center. 

Trump’s announcement came hours after tweeting Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus. Hicks was the White House communications director from August 2017 to March 2018 and now serves as an aide to senior adviser Jared Kushner, the husband of daughter Ivanka Trump.

In addition, COVID-19 was a topic during this week’s presidential debate. “I think masks are OK,” Trump said. “I put a mask on when I think I need it.” Moments later, he went on to mock former Vice President Joe Biden: “I don’t wear masks like him. Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away from you and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.” Trump did not wear a mask in public until July, four months after initial lockdowns across the country.

According to White House physician Dr. Sean Conley, “The president and first lady are both well at this time.” 

At 74 years old, Trump is vulnerable. The CDC says the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age. At this point, it is uncertain how extensively the positive test result will affect his health and campaign. 

Haley Bosselmanhttps://haleybosselman.wordpress.com/
Haley Bosselman is the former editor-in-chief of Culturas. She holds degrees in journalism from Arizona State University and the University of Southern California. Based in Los Angeles, she writes about arts, entertainment and culture.
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