Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers, has tested positive for COVID-19, multiple news outlets reported Thurdsday evening.
Hicks is frequently in close proximity to the president and senior White House staff, and has been spotted attending Trump rallies and other events without wearing a mask.
White House spokesman Judd Deere declined to mention Hicks by name when questioned by the press. He told CNN in a statement, however, that the White House is following coronavirus guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control.
“The President takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him and the American people very seriously,” Deere said.
There is no evidence suggesting that Trump or members of the First Family are sick.
“White House Operations collaborates with the Physician to the President and the White House Military Office to ensure all plans and procedures incorporate current CDC guidance and best practices for limiting COVID-19 exposure to the greatest extent possible both on complex and when the President is traveling,” Deere added.
Bloomberg News reported that “some people close to Hicks were told that she is experiencing symptoms of the disease.” Hicks, 31, “was seen on Tuesday riding maskless in a staff van with White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, campaign adviser Jason Miller and others,” Bloomberg noted. “When they returned to Washington on Tuesday, Stephen Miller and Hicks were seen sharing an umbrella as they exited Air Force One.”
Hicks, who often accompanies Trump when he travels, was with the president and other staffers on board Marine One and Air Force One on Tuesday and Wednesday while not wearing a mask, reports say.
This is a developing story.
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