By Keefa Nuwahereza
Tension is mounting at the White House in Wahsington D.C after President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).
President Trump made the shocking revelation about their infection on social media when he tweeted Friday morning that he and Melania would go into quarantine after they tested positive for COVID-19.
Trump tweeted thus; “@FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
News about Trump and Melania getting infected came a few hours after a top White House aide identified as Hope Hicks had tested positive for the deadly virus and been taken into quarantine.
The 31-year-old adviser to the president is the closest aide to Trump to test positive so far.
She travelled with him on Air Force One to a TV debate in Ohio earlier this week.
Ms Hicks was pictured getting off the presidential jet on Tuesday in Cleveland without a mask.
She was in even closer proximity to him aboard the presidential helicopter Marine One on Wednesday when the president held a rally in Minnesota.
Trump tweeted on Thursday night: “Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19. Terrible!
“The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!”
It is not clear how the quarantine will affect arrangements for the second presidential debate, which is scheduled for 15 October in Miami, Florida.
During a phone call with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night, Trump said he and Mrs Trump “spend a lot of time with Hope”.