By Jenny Stanton and Lauren Fruen For Dailymail.com
Published: 01:33 BST, 2 October 2020 | Updated: 02:34 BST, 2 October 2020
Hope Hicks has tested positive for coronavirus after traveling with Donald Trump on Air Force One to and from Tuesday's debate, sources have said.
Hicks, 31, who serves as counselor to the president and also traveled with him to a Wednesday rally, tested positive Thursday, according to an administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private health information.
She is the closest aide to Trump to test positive so far. She previously served as White House communications director and re-joined the administration this year ahead of the election. There is no indication the president has the virus.
Hicks traveled with the president multiple times this week, including on Marine One, the presidential helicopter, for the Minnesota rally Wednesday, and aboard Air Force One to Tuesday night’s first presidential debate in Cleveland.
She was spotted getting off Air Force One in Cleveland without her mask.
Hicks also traveled with the president to a rally in Pennsylvania last Saurday where she was seen maskless and clapping to the Village People’s YMCA.
The White House did not immediately respond to multiple questions about the last time Trump was tested and whether he and other staffers who spent time with Hicks in recent days will be asked to quarantine.
Hope Hicks (far right) is pictured walking to Marine One alongside Jared Kushner, center, to depart from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington DC on Wednesday
She was spotted getting off Air Force One in Cleveland on Tuesday without her mask