To hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers, has tested positive for coronavirus infections, according to people familiar with the matter.
There was no evidence that the president caught the virus, people said. Hicks traveled to and from the presidential debate on Tuesday with Trump aboard Air Force One.
People asked not to be identified as the Hicks infection was not publicly announced. Messages left for Hicks were not returned immediately.
Hicks is the youngest person in Trump̵
Some people close to Hicks have been told that she has symptoms of the disease.
“The president takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who stands up for him and the American people very seriously,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement. “White House Operations is working with the President’s Doctor and the White House Military Office to ensure that all plans and procedures incorporate current CDC guidelines and best practices to address Covid-19 exposure in both complexes and complexes Limit travel situations as much as possible. “
The development is likely to spark criticism of the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as its disregard for public health measures taken by the President to combat this pandemic.
Trump rarely wears a mask and has belittled his re-election challenger Joe Biden for routinely covering his face. The president has again held major campaign events with thousands of his supporters gathering shoulder to shoulder, only a few in masks.
Most of the events take place outdoors in airports, but two of the most recent events in Arizona and Nevada have been held indoors. This situation increases the risk of virus transmission by public health professionals.
Hicks traveled with Trump to his debate with Biden on Tuesday and to a rally in Minnesota on Wednesday. Trump’s entourage entered the discussion room with no face covering or removed it as they sat down, declining an offer of masks from a Cleveland Clinic doctor who was co-hosting the event.
Biden’s guests wore masks.
Hicks was ridden maskless in a staff car with Senior White House advisor Stephen Miller, campaign advisor Jason Miller and others on Tuesday.
When they returned to Washington on Tuesday, Stephen Miller and Hicks shared an umbrella as they exited Air Force One in the rain. Miller’s wife Katie Miller – press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence – recovered from Covid-19 earlier this year.
Trump is regularly tested for infections, but it is not clear how often. People who work in the White House are tested daily, including members of the press corps, and anyone scheduled to meet with the president is tested in advance.
Trump’s employees wear masks when they travel with him aboard the presidential helicopter, Marine One, and Hicks followed that protocol this week.
However, his staff fear that Trump’s lack of sleep during the final phase of the campaign could make him particularly susceptible to infection. The president did not return to the White House until after midnight after his Tuesday and Wednesday trips. Trump’s age of 74 also puts him at a higher risk of developing serious illness from the virus.
((Updates with additional information in the last three paragraphs)