Hicks traveled with the President to and from the first debate on Tuesday.
Hicks, who serves as the president’s adviser and is one of a narrow group of advisors to the president, tested positive this week after traveling to and from the first presidential debate on Air Force One with the president on Tuesday. The president tweeted late Thursday that he would go into quarantine, although it is unclear how that will affect his upcoming schedule. The White House declined to comment late Thursday.
“The first lady and I are waiting for our test results,” he wrote. “In the meantime we will start our quarantine process!”
Hicks was also on Marine One, the President’s helicopter, when he left the White House to fly to Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday. She was seen walking to the helicopter with other top presidential advisers such as Stephen Miller, Dan Scavino and Jared Kushner. None of them wore masks.
Sources told ABC News that Hicks was experiencing symptoms and that she tested positive on Wednesday.
Speaking of the news in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News Thursday night, Trump said, “She tested positive, I just heard about it.”
“And I just went out on a test, I’ll see – you know, because we spend a lot of time – and the first lady just went out on a test,” Trump added. “So whether we are under quarantine or whether we have it, we don’t know.”
He said he would get the results “either tonight or tomorrow morning”.
The White House had previously refused to comment Thursday on when Hicks and Trump had been in contact over the past week, when she learned of the positive diagnosis, or whether the president had been tested since she found out. The White House also declined to comment on when the president was last tested.
A White House official told ABC News that they weren’t expecting the positive diagnosis, which is affecting the president’s upcoming trip. He is scheduled to travel to a rally in Sanford, Florida on Friday night. He has two on Saturdays in Wisconsin and one on Monday and Tuesday in Arizona. ABC News has requested a comment on whether they will continue.
When asked if the president would be quarantined, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines suggest for Americans coming into contact with someone who tested positive, the official said, “Contract prosecution was carried out and the relevant notifications and recommendations were made. “
Hicks has been one of Trump’s closest advisors since the 2016 presidential campaign. She followed the President into the White House and rose to become White House Communications Director before leaving in March 2018. She accepted a position as communications director for Fox Corporation, the parent company of Fox News, but the absence did not last long.
In February, she returned to the President’s side to become an Adviser to the President. She reports to Kushner, the son-in-law and senior adviser to the President.
Hicks, then just 26, was elected press secretary by Trump in January 2015 when he began his presidential campaign. At the time, she had worked with Ivanka Trump in the Trump Corporation’s press office.
ABC News’s Ben Gittleson, Will Steakin and Mark Osborne contributed to this report.