Harris tests negative for coronavirus

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Friday reported that she tested negative for the coronavirus, just hours after President Trump and first lady Melania Trump received positive diagnoses for the virus. 

The news comes after President Trump came into contact with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Tuesday’s debate stage in Cleveland. Biden is set to get tested for the virus on Friday.

The president and the first lady tested positive overnight after one of his closest aides, Hope Hicks, tested positive. 

Trump said early on Friday morning that he and the first lady would begin quarantining in the White House “immediately.” 

The president’s positive diagnosis has raised a number of concerns about who he and his staff have come into contact with in recent days. 

Vice President Pence and second lady Karen Pence both tested negative for the virus, along with President Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner. However, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel tested positive on Friday.

The development is the latest to roil the U.S., which is on the brink of what is expected to be a highly contested election between Trump and Biden. 

Trump was slated to participate in a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., on Friday and a campaign rally in Sanford, Fla., but those events have been canceled in the wake of his diagnosis. 

Harris and Pence are slated to square off in the vice presidential debate on Wednesday. 

Tags 2020 election Coronavirus Donald Trump Hope Hicks Ivanka Trump Jared Kushner Joe Biden Karen Pence Melania Trump running mate Trump positive test Vice presidential debate

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