President Donald Trump is in quarantine after White House adviser Hope Hick tested positive for COVID-19.
The president confirmed the news during a phone interview Thursday night with Fox's Sean Hannity.
"I just went out for a test," the 74-year-old president said. "It will come back later I guess, and the first lady also because we spend a lot of time with Hope and others.
"Whether we quarantine or whether we have it, I don’t know," he told Hannity.
He later confirmed on Twitter and Facebook that he and the first lady were going into quarantine.
"Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19," Trump wrote. "Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!"
The president told Hannity during the interview, "It's very, very hard when you are with people from the military or from law enforcement, and they come over to you and they want to hug you and they want to kiss you because we really have done a good job for them, and you get close and things happen.
"I was surprised to hear with Hope, but she's a very warm person with them, and she knows there's a risk."
"She's a hard worker, a lot of masks," Trump said. "She wears masks a lot, but she tested positive."
Hicks was also traveling with the president aboard Air Force One on Tuesday night to the first presidential debate.
The Associated Press had reported that an administration official said Hicks tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.
Hicks previously served as White House communications director and re-joined the administration this year ahead of the election.