Ivanka Trump has tested negative for COVID-19, just hours after her father confirmed that both he and First Lady Melania had contracted the virus.
The 38-year-old’s spokesperson confirmed on Twitter on Friday morning that both Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner had been tested again for the virus in the wake of her father’s positive diagnosis, and both had received negative test results.
Ivanka and Jared, 39, were seen making their way to work as normal on Friday morning, blatantly disregarding the CDC’s quarantining guidelines, which advise anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 to isolate for 14 days, even if they have since tested negative themselves.
The First Daughter traveled with her father on Air Force One in the early hours of Wednesday morning, following the presidential debate, while her husband Jared flew to Minnesota with Hope Hicks, who has also tested positive, that same day.
Trump’s aide Hope began experiencing symptoms of the virus during the group’s return trip to D.C.
Business as usual: Ivanka Trump tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday morning, her spokesperson revealed, hours after her father confirmed he and Melania have the virus
Confirmation: The 38-year-old’s spokesperson Carolina Hurley confirmed that both Ivanka and Jared had been tested on Friday morning, and both were negative
Well wishes: Ivanka tweeted kind words for her father and Melania after she was pictured heading to the White House, however she did not address her own health in the post
It is not known whether Ivanka and Jared were tested before they left their Washington, D.C. home, or whether the tests were administered at the White House.
The couple have also not yet confirmed whether their three young children – Arabella, Joseph, and Theodore – have been tested.
Ivanka declined to address her health status personally on social media on Friday morning, instead leaving it to her spokesperson to share the news of her negative test result, however she did offer words of sympathy for her father and stepmother shortly after she was pictured leaving her home.
‘Praying for the swift recovery of my father and Melania and for all those impacted by COVID-19,’ she wrote on Twitter.
‘As they fight this together, the President will continue to fight for the people of this great country.’
The First Daughter’s departure for work came just hours after the President and First Lady tweeted that they had both tested positive and were isolating at the White House – two days after attending the first presidential debate alongside several of Trump’s children, including Ivanka, Tiffany, Don Jr, and Eric.
Don Jr’s partner Kimberly Guilfoyle and Eric’s wife Lara were also present, and the entire group is understood to have traveled both to and from the debate with the President on Air Force One.
While at the debate, Ivanka posed for several masked photos alongside Melania, and the two also sat alongside each other during the event – however the chairs had been spread out to follow social-distancing guidelines.
Too close for comfort? The mother-of-three posed for this unmasked photo with her father 48 hours before he shared the news of his diagnosis
September 29: On the night of the debate, Ivanka posed for a selfie backstage with her stepmother Melania, who has also tested positive. Both were wearing masks in the image
Group: Tiffany Trump, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Lara Trump also posed in photos with Melania and traveled on Air Force One. None of them have confirmed whether they have been tested
Following the debate, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Ivanka then shared a photo of herself and her father posing together without face masks aboard Air Force One, with the First Daughter standing over President Trump with her hand on his shoulder.
The photo was posted almost exactly 48 hours before Trump tweeted about his positive test result, writing: ‘Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!’
Despite testing negative for COVID-19 on Friday morning, Ivanka’s decision to leave her home and head to work is in direct contradiction to the CDC’s quarantining guidelines.
Meanwhile her husband Jared was also pictured departing for work on Friday morning – despite having traveled with Trump’s aide Hope Hicks, who tested positive for COVID-19 hours before the President, on September 30.
On Wednesday, Jared and Hope, 31, traveled to Minnesota together, and were seen walking alongside one another at Andrews Air Force Base as they prepared to board their plane. Neither of them were wearing masks.
Hours later, as they made their way back to Washington, D.C., Hope began feeling unwell, and she tested positive for COVID-19 less than one day later, on Thursday morning.
The CDC advises anyone who has been in ‘close contact’ with a person who has COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days after they came into contact with them – even if they have since tested negative themselves.
Carrying on: Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner, 39, was also seen making his way to work on Friday, days after traveling with Trump’s aide Hope Hicks who has also tested positive
September 30: Hope, 31, and Jared, 39, traveled to Minnesota together on Wednesday and she tested positive for the virus late on Thursday evening, hours before Trump’s diagnosis
‘Even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus,’ the CDC website states.
The CDC defines close contact as being ‘within six feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more’, which both Jared and Ivanka have done in recent days.
Anyone who falls under this category is supposed to ‘stay home and monitor their health’ for 14 days after their last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
It is understood that Ivanka was last in close contact with her father in the early hours of Wednesday morning when they traveled back from Cleveland following the presidential debate, meaning that she should self isolate until the early hours of October 14, according to CDC guidelines.
Jared meanwhile was last known to have been in close contact with Hope later that same day, with the CDC recommendations suggesting that he should quarantine until the afternoon of October 14.
Despite Hope developing symptoms of the virus on Wednesday evening, and testing positive on Thursday morning, Trump and his daughter both went about their scheduled appearances as normal on Thursday.
The President attended a campaign event in Bedminster, New Jersey, while Ivanka traveled to North Carolina, where she visited several different local stores,before traveling to a suburb of Dallas, where she was interviewed by Trump campaign staffer Mercedes Schlapp.
Who has President Trump been in contact with?
Traveled on Marine One to a Minnesota rally on Wednesday:
Hope Hicks, counselor to the president
Jared Kushner, senior adviser to the president
Dan Scavino, Social Media Director
John McEntee, Director of the White House Presidential Personnel Office
Tuesday’s debate in Ohio, where Trump traveled on Air Force One:
Rudy Giuliani, personal attorney. Giuliani had spent the weekend at the White House doing debate prep
Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff
Trump’s children and their partners: Donald Trump Jr, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Eric Trump, Lara Trump, Ivanka Trump, Tiffany Trump
Bill Stepien, campaign manager
Kayleigh McEnany, press secretary
Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his wife Jill
Guests of Trump including Alice Johnson, who was pardoned of federal drug offenses at the urging of Kim Kardashian
At the White House since Saturday with close unmasked contact with Trump:
Amy Coney Barrett, Supreme Court nominee. She then had mask-free meetings with Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and other Republican senators from Monday
Vice President Mike Pence
Robert Ford, CEO of Abbott Laboratories, who was at the White House on Monday
Admiral Brett Geroir, assistant Health and Human Services secretary
Alex Azar, HHS secretary
East Wing aides, including valets and other White House staff who serve the first family
Secret Service protection agents