Trump's campaign manager tests positive for COVID-19

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US President Donald Trump's campaign manager Bill Stepien tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.
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Trumps campaign manager tests positive for COVID-19
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In this file photo taken on August 28, 2020, campaign manager Bill Stepien stands alongside US President Donald Trump as he speaks with reporters aboard Air Force One as he flies from Manchester, New Hampshire, to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, following a campaign rally. 

US President Donald Trump's campaign manager Bill Stepien tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.

Stepien, 42, said in an email to staff that he feels fine and will be back in the office as soon as he's given the green light.

"In the meantime, I'll be managing from home," he wrote.

Stepien flew on Air Force One with Trump to Cleveland, Ohio, for the first 2020 presidential debate on Tuesday.

Trump tweeted on early Friday morning that he and his wife, Melania, had tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after confirming a close aide to him had contracted the virus.

The president is staying at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, where he is taking Remdesivir, an experimental antiviral drug made by biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, as a treatment.

"Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!" Trump tweeted from Walter Reed on Friday night.

All previously announced campaign events involving Trump's appearance are in the process of being switched to virtual events or temporarily postponed, according to his campaign.

Vice President Mike Pence, who tested negative for COVID-19, plans on resuming his scheduled campaign events, the campaign said.

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