Hope Hicks: Prime aide to Trump checks optimistic for coronavirus

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Ms. Hicks has been by Mr. Trump’s side for years

One of U.S. President Donald Trump’s closet helpers, Hope Hicks, has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus.

The presidential adviser traveled with Trump on Air Force One for a televised debate in Ohio on Tuesday.

She was even closer with him on Wednesday aboard the Marine One helicopter, White House reporters noted.

The 31-year-old would be Mr Trump’s closest advisor to testing positive so far.

She got off Air Force One without a mask in Cleveland on Tuesday. A day later, she traveled with the president to a rally in Minnesota.

The White House tests aides and everyone else who comes into daily contact with the president.

Mr Trump mostly disdains the wearing of masks and is often portrayed as not socially distant from aides or others in official engagements.

Ms. Hicks is suffering from symptoms of illness and was quarantined at Air Force One on her return journey from Minnesota, according to Bloomberg News.

However, there was no evidence that the president himself had the disease, which has infected more than 7.2 million Americans and killed over 200,000 of them.

White House spokesman Judd Deere did not confirm Ms. Hicks’ health.

In a statement to the US media, however, he said: “The President takes the health and safety of himself and of all who work for him and the American people very seriously.”

Ms. Hicks would be the youngest White House adviser to sign Covid-19. Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller tested positive in May and has recovered.

That same month, a member of the U.S. Navy who served as one of Mr. Trump’s personal servants tested positive for coronavirus.

However, the White House said neither the president nor the vice president was affected.

Ms. Hicks was the campaign spokesperson during Mr. Trump’s candidacy before becoming director of communications at his White House.

She resigned in March 2018 to become chief communications officer at Rupert Murdochs Fox before returning to the White House in February.

Who is Hope Hicks?

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  • Grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Started modeling as a teenager and once featured in an ad for Ralph Lauren
  • He previously worked for a PR firm that oversaw Ivanka Trump’s fashion business and the Trump Organization’s real estate brand
  • Joined the Trump Organization in 2014 and Donald Trump brought her to his campaign team a year later despite a lack of political experience
  • Called “Hopester” by Mr. Trump, she is considered one of his most trusted advisors and one of the few who could challenge him to change his mind

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