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Doctors to Weigh if Trump Can Leave Hospital on Monday: Trump Aide | Top News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s medical team will weigh whether he can leave the hospital later on Monday after being admitted last week for COVID-19, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said, adding that he was optimistic Trump will be discharged.

Meadows, in an interview with Fox News, said he had spoken with Trump earlier on Monday morning and that his condition appeared to have improved overnight. He added that doctors would consult with Trump late Monday morning and that a decision about Trump’s possible discharge would likely not be decided until early Monday afternoon.

“That determination has not been made yet,” he said. “His health continues to improve.”

“We’re still optimistic … that he will be released, but that decision won’t be made until later today,” he added.

Meadows also defended a controversial decision for the president to leave his hospital suite on Sunday to drive by supporters outside Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, despite having the highly infectious novel coronavirus. Critics said the action put Trump’s security officers at risk.

Meadows noted that U.S. Secret Service had been with Trump before in cars and had traveled with him to the hospital. Critics, including some medical experts, have said the additional drive outside the hospital was an unnecessary risk.

“We took additional precautions with PPE (personal protective gear) and others to make sure that they were protected,” he said.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey and Lisa Lambert; Editing by Catherine Evans and Chizu Nomiyama)

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President Donald Trump, first lady to quarantine after top aide tests positive for COVID-19

Oct. 1 (UPI) — President Donald Trump said Thursday night that he and first lady Melania Trump will quarantine after top aide Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus.

Trump tweeted that he and first lady Melania Trump are awaiting results of a COVID-19 test and will begin a quarantine process in the meantime.

Appearing on Fox News’ Hannity, Trump confirmed that Hicks, who has traveled with him multiple times including to Tuesday’s presidential debate, had tested positive for the novel coronavirus and that he and the first lady are awaiting results by Thursday night or Friday.

“She did test positive, I just heard about this. She tested positive. She’s a hard worker. Lot of masks, she wears masks a lot but she tested positive. Then I just went out with a test. I’ll see — you know, because we spent a lot of time — and the first leady just went out with a test also. So whether we quarantine or whether we have it, I don’t know,” Trump said.

White House spokesman Judd Deere issued a statement saying Trump “takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him and the American people very seriously.”

“White Hous Operations collaborates with the Physician to the President and the White House Military Office to ensure all plans and procedures incorporate current CDC guidance and best practices for limiting COVID-19 exposure to the greatest extent possible both on complex and when the president is traveling,” Deere added.

In May, two White House staffers, including Trump’s personal valet tested positive for the coronavirus, while Vice President Mike Pence stayed away from the White House for a weekend while three other members of the coronavirus task force quarantined after potential exposure to an aide who had tested positive.

Both Trump and Pence reported negative tests following those incidents.

National security adviser Robert O’Brien and Kimberly Guilfoyle, a Trump campaign official and Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, also both tested positive for COVID-19 in July.

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Trump suggests he may quarantine after top aide Hope Hicks tests positive for coronavirus

Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump’s closest aides, has tested positive for the coronavirus, and the president suggested he may quarantine.

After NBC News and other outlets reported on Hicks’ positive test, Trump himself confirmed it Thursday night in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. He also said that he had just been tested and was awaiting results either Thursday night or Friday. 

“She did test positive. She is a hard worker, a lot of masks, she wears masks a lot. She tested positive. I just went out with the test, we will see,” Trump said. “We spend a lot of time, the first lady just went and got a test also. Whether we quarantine, whether we have, we don’t know.”

Hicks, who has been known to spend a lot of time with Trump, had traveled with the president to the debate Tuesday night in Cleveland. She was seen not wearing a mask.

Trump, 74, himself rarely wears a mask and has mocked his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, 77, for often wearing face coverings. 

The Trump campaign referred questions to the White House. The White House didn’t comment on reports that Hicks had tested positive, but a spokesman issued a statement about the administration’s Covid-19 protocols. 

“The President takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him and the American people very seriously,” Judd Deere, the spokesman, said in a statement. “White House Operations collaborates with the Physician to the President and the White House Military Office to ensure all plans and procedures incorporate current CDC guidance and best practices for limiting COVID-19 exposure to the greatest extent possible both on complex and when the President is traveling.”

Hicks’ positive test was first reported by Bloomberg News, which cited people familiar with the matter. The Associated Press also reported it, citing an official. Bloomberg also reported that Hicks had traveled with Trump to a rally Wednesday night in Minnesota.

The New York Times reported that the White House knew about Hicks’ condition Wednesday night, and that she is under quarantine.

The latest revelation comes as coronavirus cases reach nearly 7.23 million in the United States, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. Worldwide, the virus has infected about 34 million and killed more than 1 million. At least 206,971 have died in the U.S.

Hicks, 31, is among the highest-ranking people in Trump’s orbit to have reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus.

In July, Trump’s national security advisor, Robert O’Brien, tested positive for the coronavirus. At the time, the White House said that O’Brien was experiencing “mild symptoms” and was “self-isolating and working from a secure location off-site.”

“There is no risk of exposure to the President or the Vice President. The work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted,” the White House said in a July statement.

Other administration officials have previously been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

In May, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, tested positive for Covid-19,