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President Donald Trump revealed early Friday that he has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. It came hours after Hope Hicks, a White House aide with whom he had recently traveled, had also tested positive.

Trump tweeted just before 1 a.m. EDT Friday: “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”

Melania Trump followed up with a tweet confirming their diagnosis and added: “Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.”

In the United States, more than seven million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and over 200,000 have died from the disease.

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This is what we know so far:

What are Trump’s symptoms?

Melania Trump tweeted: “We are feeling good.”

White House physician Dr. Sean Conley wrote in a letter about Trump’s positive test that: “The President and First Lady are both well at this time.”

Former White House doctor Ronny Jackson told Fox News early Friday that Trump was asymptomatic and predicted the president would “weather this storm.”

“I will bet you that he does not develop symptoms, that he moves on and this does not become a big deal,” Jackson said. 

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Where did he get it?

Trump was presumably exposed by his aide, Hope Hicks. It was announced that she had tested positive for COVID-19 and was symptomatic on Thursday. She appears to have been diagnosed on Wednesday evening when she flew with the President to Minnesota.

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Where are the Trumps now?

Melania Trump tweeted early Friday: “As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home.”

The couple “plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence,” Conley wrote.

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What are the reactions?

From government officials to TV commentators, wishes for prayers and a speedy recovery poured in early Friday across Twitter. Vice President Mike Pence said he and his wife “send our love and prayers to our dear friends,” the President and First Lady, and “We join millions across America praying for their full and swift recovery.”

Narendra Modi, prime minister of India, was among the first world leaders to react, writing that he wishes “my friend” Trump and his wife “a quick recovery and good health.”

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Who else could have been infected?

Trump recently appeared at a rally in Duluth, Minnesota, on Wednesday. Before that, he traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday for the first presidential debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Trump took part in a fundraiser and a roundtable in Bedminster, New Jersey, earlier in the day Thursday.

What happens now?

The White House released an updated public schedule for the president early Friday in which his public events had been canceled, including a planned rally in Florida. Trump maintained an event on his schedule, a midday phone call focused on COVID-19 with vulnerable seniors. “Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering,” Conley wrote in his letter.

Melania Trump tweeted: “I have postponed all upcoming engagements.”

Contributing: John Fritze, Elizabeth Weise

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