How VP Pence would take power if Trump becomes incapacitated from COVID – and GOP could be forced to pick a replacement for their party’s ticket if Trump becomes too ill before the election
- Trump on Thursday confirmed he and wife Melania tested positive for COVID-19
- The two were forced to quarantine after Trump counselor Hope Hicks became ill
Vice President Mike Pence could potentially assume presidential control if Trump were to become incapacitated from his COVID-19 diagnosis.
The president on Thursday confirmed he and First Lady Melania tested positive for coronavirus after traveling with aide Hope Hicks, who fell ill earlier today.
‘Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!’ he tweeted.
Trump on Thursday confirmed he and wife Melania tested positive for COVID-19
Trump is 74 years old, putting him at higher risk of serious complications from the virus.
The positive result has raised questions over how it could impact the 2020 presidential election which is a mere 32 days away.
The White House had earlier distributed a schedule for Friday that showed he planned to go forward with a fundraiser at his Washington, D.C., hotel and a political rally in Sanford, Florida.
Confirming the news of Hicks’ positive test earlier in the evening Trump had told Fox News: ‘Whether we quarantine or whether we have it, I don’t know.
‘I just went for a test and we’ll see what happens.’
He later tweeted to confirm he and Melania were in quarantine, writing: ‘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!’
Hicks began feeling mild symptoms during the plane ride home from a rally in Minnesota Wednesday evening, according to an administration official, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity to disclose private information. She was quarantined away from others on the plane and her diagnosis was confirmed Thursday, that person said.
Hicks had traveled with the president multiple times this week, including aboard Marine One, the presidential helicopter, and on Air Force One to the rally in Minnesota Wednesday.
Since then, the president traveled to and from his Bedminster, New Jersey golf resort to take part in two campaign events and then flew back to the White House this evening.
His social media director Dan Scavino and press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who were originally set to join him on the Thursday trip, were replaced at the last minute by other aides.