Dramatic new pictures show Donald Trump returning to the White House just hours before he tested positive for Covid-19.
Late last night it emerged Hope Hicks, one of the President’s closest aides, had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Less than an hour later, the President announced he was going into quarantine with First Lady Melania Trump, awaiting the results of a test.
And early this morning, the President announced both he and his wife had tested positive.
But despite Hope Hicks developing symptoms on Wednesday night – and being “quarantined” on Air Force One on the way home from the President’s rally in Minnesota – President Trump went ahead with his full schedule of events yesterday, including a fundraiser in New Jersey.
Yesterday afternoon, the President flew from the White House to his luxury golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey – for a roundtable with financial backers.
White House staff reported the President appeared tired and sounded hoarse yesterday, and sources said he was exhibiting “mild symptoms” which were cold-like.
And attendees at the Bedminster fundraiser told the New York Times the President appeared “lethargic.”
It’s also been reported the President fell asleep on Air Force One on Wednesday night after the Minnesota rally.
Newly released pictures show the moments after Trump appearing tired as he arrived back at the White House last night, landing on the South Lawn in his helicopter, Marine One.
Onlookers saw the lights in the White House residence still on late into the night as the President and First Lady awaited the results of their tests.
The President reportedly sounded “upbeat” in a phone conversation with senior Republican Senator Lindsay Graham.
The president “sounded good, sounded upbeat” and asked first about the Senate Republican’s confirmation hearing plans for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, said the aide.
Plans to begin Barrett’s hearings on Oct 12 remain unchanged by Trump’s coronavirus test result.
There have been discussions about a national address from the White House, or a pre-recorded statement, to demonstrate that he remains in charge of the country.
A Senior White House Official said that the President was “not incapacitated” and would be working from the White House residence.
However, White House officials said this morning there were currently no plans for the President to address the nation.
The President tested positive for coronavirus late last night, after one of his closest aides, Hope Hicks, fell ill.