WASHINGTON—President Trump said he and the first lady would begin quarantining while they await the results of their Covid-19 tests, after Hope Hicks, a senior White House adviser who traveled with the president this week, tested positive for the coronavirus.
“The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results,” Mr. Trump tweeted late Thursday, after confirming Ms. Hicks’s positive test. “In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!”
Ms. Hicks traveled with the president aboard Air Force One to and from the debate in Cleveland on Tuesday. She also traveled with Mr. Trump on Air Force One to and from a rally in Minnesota on Wednesday, along with a number of top White House advisers, including Stephen Miller; Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law: and Dan Scavino, deputy chief of staff for communications.
Earlier in the evening, the White House had released a schedule for Friday that showed Mr. Trump attending an indoor fundraiser at the Trump hotel in Washington and traveling to Florida for a campaign rally. The White House didn’t immediately respond to a question on whether that schedule would be changed.
Ms. Hicks wasn’t tested Wednesday evening, a person familiar with the matter said. She began showing minor symptoms and quarantined during the return flight from Minnesota on Wednesday out of an abundance of caution, the person said. She tested positive Thursday.
The White House typically uses a rapid test to assess whether the president and other officials have Covid-19, so it wasn’t clear why Mr. Trump doesn’t yet have results.
In a Fox News interview earlier Thursday, Mr. Trump said of Ms. Hicks: “She’s a hard worker, a lot of masks, she wears masks a lot.”
He said he and first lady Melania Trump had been tested because they spend a lot of time with Ms. Hicks. “So whether we quarantine or whether we have it, I don’t know,” he said. He later added: “We’ll see what happens.” His tweet announcing he would start quarantining came nearly an hour later.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance says that a person should quarantine for 14 days after coming in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. “People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department,’’ the CDC guidance says.
White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement: “The President takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him and the American people very seriously.”
The White House works to limit virus exposure “to the greatest extent possible both on complex and when the President is traveling,” he said.
Those who come into contact with the president are tested daily.
Following Ms. Hicks’s positive test, White House doctors have performed contact tracing, and recommendations have been made to staffers who were in contact with her, a White House official said.
Ms. Hicks didn’t respond to a request for comment. Her positive test was earlier reported by Bloomberg News.
Ms. Hicks is the latest member of the president’s orbit to test positive for Covid-19. National security adviser Robert O’Brien and Katie Miller, the vice president’s press secretary, have previously tested positive and have since recovered. Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Mr. Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., also tested positive.
Also on the flight to Cleveland with Ms. Hicks and the president earlier this week were Mr. O’Brien, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) and Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and a senior White House adviser.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the officials who traveled with Ms. Hicks would need to quarantine. While people around the president are regularly tested, it can take several days for the virus to incubate, resulting in a positive test.
Ms. Hicks is a longtime aide and confidant of the president who rejoined the White House this year after leaving about two years earlier. She also worked on Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign.
—Michael C. Bender contributed to this article.
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