'Don't f--k with us': Trump's new threat
Donald Trump dropped an "F-bomb" as he took aim at Iran during a two-hour radio interview.
Speaking to conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, the US President said when talking about the Middle Eastern nation: "If you f--k around with us, if you do something bad to us, we are gonna do things to you that have never been done before."
In his interview with Limbaugh, Mr Trump also discussed his COVID-19 diagnosis.
He said the experimental Regeneron antibody cocktail that he took as part of therapeutic treatment was "a cure." It's "a total game changer" and "better than a vaccine," he said. In fact, there is no cure and still no approved vaccine for the coronavirus. Mr Trump repeatedly asserted that he feels fine and he has been backed up by statements from the presidential physician, Sean Conley.
But in his Limbaugh interview, Trump suggested for the first time that he had been close to death, had it not been for the therapeutic drugs.
"I'm talking to you today because of it. I could have been a bad victim," he said, referring to friends of his who had died from COVID-19.
Mr Trump said that doctors told him afterward, "you were going into a very bad phase." "You know what that means," said the president.
According to Conley, Mr Trump is now fit for a "safe return to public engagement" from Saturday.
Earlier this week, the US President appeared to have antibodies for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease.
"The president this morning says, 'I feel great!' His physical exam and vital signs, including oxygen saturation and respiratory rate, all remain stable and in normal range," physician to the president Dr Sean Conley said in a memo released by the White House.
"He's now been fever-free for more than four days, symptom-free for over 24 hours, and has not needed nor received any supplemental oxygen since initial hospitalisation," he added.
Dr Conley also revealed that the president's blood tests from Monday showed "detectable levels of SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies."
It's unclear if antibodies make you immune to the coronavirus but they may help to ward off future occurrences of infection, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.
The president is continuing to recover in isolation in the White House residence after a three-night stay in Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre.
He and the first lady tested positive for the virus on Thursday evening and more than a dozen of his associates and White House employees have now contracted COVID-19.
At a press conference before his patient's release from the hospital on Monday, Dr Conley told reporters he was very pleased with the commander-in-chief's recovery, but warned he was not out of the woods yet.
Mr Trump, 74, has been active on Twitter since returning home, telling followers he's looking forward to returning to the campaign trail and debating Democratic nominee Joe Biden in Miami on October 15.
But one of My Trump's most trusted allies, Chris Christie, remains hospitalised with the illness.
The former New Jersey governor, remained in hospital for the fourth straight day.
NJ.com reported that Mr Christie's condition "is not known".
Mr Christie was last publicly heard from on Monday, when he told reporters that he had received well wishes from Jordanian King Abdullah II.
Mr Trump's close confidante spent much of last week playing Joe Biden in the president's debate preparations, and also attended the September 26 event at which Mr Trump introduced Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Attendees at both events later tested positive for the potentially deadly virus.
TRUMP: 'VOTE FOR ME OR ELSE'
Meanwhile, a frustrated Mr Trump made COVID-support a key election issue when he slammed shut talks on economic relief and his opponents immediately said his decision was due to the powerful cocktail of drugs he's being treated with.
With his doctors reporting he was symptom free for his first day home from hospital, Mr Trump sent markets tumbling with his late afternoon tweet that there would be no agreement on funding until after "I win" the November 3 election.
"I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business," Mr Trump said.
"Crazy Nancy Pelosi and the Radical Left Democrats were just playing "games" with the desperately needed Workers Stimulus Payments. They just wanted to take care of Democrat failed, high crime, Cities and States. They were never in it to help the workers, and they never will be!".
House speaker Nancy Pelosi was on the phone with a Democrat caucus when the news broke and reportedly said: "Steroids have an impact on your thinking."
"Clearly, the White House is in complete disarray," she said in a statement.
Later, Mr Trump indicated he would be willing to reframe the negotiation.
"If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy?," Mr Trump tweeted late on Tuesday night, local time.
Mr Trump has resolved previous impasses over stimulus through the issuing of executive orders, but Mrs Pelosi said yesterday it wasn't possible for him to release further funds.
"No. He can't do this by executive order," she said on October 5.
"He can't do the money without the Congress of the United States. The power of the purse begins in the House."
The move came as Washington DC's coronavirus cluster spread, with more White House staffers testing positive, the Joint Chiefs of Staff quarantining after being exposed to an infected admiral and 123 workers on Capitol Hill either being diagnosed or testing positive for the disease.
Continuing his quick turnaround from being diagnosed last week with the coronavirus, Mr Trump pledged yesterday that he would be back on stage to face his opponent in the second presidential debate in Miami next week.
"I am looking forward to the debate on the evening of Thursday, October 15th in Miami," Mr Trump tweeted. "It will be great!"
But he followed this statement with what many described as a stunning own-goal, taking the blame for stalled stimulus talks with the Democrat-held House of Representatives which will make millions ineligible for federal unemployment benefits.
Meanwhile, the two contenders vying for the vice presidency next month ironed out the final details of their election debate, to be held today (starting at midday Thursday AEDT) in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Out of COVID concerns, Democrat Kamala Harris and Republican VP Mike Pence agreed they would be separated by 13ft and for plexiglas screens to be set up on stage.
US CHIEFS FORCE LOCKDOWN
It comes as an upbeat Donald Trump declared he was "feeling great!" and raring to go in the final weeks of the election campaign after his medical team said he is doing "extremely well" after returning to the White House.
Mr Trump left hospital Monday evening US time after being treated for just three days.
After his first night back at home, physician to the president Dr Sean Conley said Mr Trump reported "no symptoms".
"He had a restful first night at home, and today he reports no symptoms," Dr Conley said in a memo released by the White House.
"Vital signs and physical exam remain stable, with an ambulatory oxygen saturation level of 95-97 per cent. Overall he continues to do extremely well."
The development came as news emerged that the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as other top US military leaders, have gone into quarantine after attending meetings at the Pentagon with a Coast Guard commander who tested positive for coronavirus, a Defence Department official said.
Coast Guard Admiral Charles Ray tested positive on Monday after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 over the weekend.
Before testing positive, Ray had attended meetings with top commanders from each of the armed services.
After Admiral Ray's positive test results, the Joint Chiefs were tested and their results came back negative but are quarantined at home out of an abundance of caution.
The Pentagon's senior leadership attended a White House reception last week for "Gold Star" families of fallen troops.
Both President Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump attended the event.
The most senior member of the military, General Mark Milley, 62, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is among the top officials quarantining.
PENCE DITCHES BARRIERS FOR DEBATE
US Vice President Mike Pence will reportedly be allowed to participate tomorrow's debate against Kamala Harris without plexiglas barriers around him.
Sources told CNN that Mr Pence's team had objected to the COVID-19 safety measure, which the commission organising general election debates announced on Monday night.
It has now emerged that he will be allowed to square off against Ms Harris - the running mate of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden - without one. But she and the debate moderator will be allowed to use the barriers to separate them from the vice president, CNN reports.
A commission member reportedly told CNN anonymously that Ms Harris "is the one who wanted plexiglas, so if she has plexiglas surrounding her so she is cut off from everyone else, that is fine".
"If [Pence] doesn't want plexiglas, that is up to him."
Mr Pence tested negative to COVID-19 after Mr Trump and his wife Melania contracted the virus last Friday.
TRUMP: 'I'M FEELING GREAT'
A team of doctors met with Mr Trump on Tuesday morning local time at the White House to evaluate his condition after he returned from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Mr Trump tweeted "FEELING GREAT" and intends to be in Miami on October 15 for the second presidential debate against Democrat Joe Biden.
FEELING GREAT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020
I am looking forward to the debate on the evening of Thursday, October 15th in Miami. It will be great!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020
"I feel better than I did 20 years ago!" the President wrote before returning to the White House aboard the Marine One helicopter.
Dr Conley said Mr Trump was "back to his old self" but "may not be entirely out of the woods" while still positive for the virus that infected 7.4 million Americans and killed 210,000 since March.
Mr Trump received experimental "polyclonal antibodies" and oxygen at the White House on Friday after being diagnosed with the virus Thursday. At the hospital, he received doses of the antiviral drug remdesivir and the steroid dexamethasone.
Mr Trump's re-election campaign team said he was keen to return to the campaign trail as the days rapidly count down to the November 3 election.
TWITTER LABELS WARNING ON TRUMP POST, FACEBOOK REMOVES IT
Twitter "labelled" another one of President Trump's tweets after accusing him of spreading "misleading and potentially harmful information" about the coronavirus pandemic.
The commander-in-chief tweeted that Americans would need to learn to live with COVID-19 and that the US economy would not be shut down again.
"Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu," Mr Trump wrote.
"Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!" he went on.
Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020
The social media giant slapped the tweet with a label, which says it "violated the Twitter Rules about spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19."
He had also posted the message to Facebook, before the company deleted the post.
"We remove incorrect information about the severity of COVID-19, and have now removed this post," Andy Stone, policy communications manager at Facebook told the BBC.
TRUMP'S LAWYER COUGHS HIS WAY THROUGH TV INTERVIEW
Meanwhile, Mr Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani coughed his way through a TV interview on Fox News just two hours after having a COVID-19 test.
He was waiting for the test results when he did the remote interviews with Fox's Martha McCallum.
"Mayor Giuliani, thank you so much for your time, and we look forward to having you back. And I hope that cough is not anything bad while you are waiting for your test to come back," she said, adding: "We hope you will be healthy and well."
"I hope so, too," said Giuliani.
"I will let you know tomorrow."
MICHELLE OBAMA'S SAVAGE ATTACK ON THE PRESIDENT
Former first lady Michelle Obama launched a spirited push for former Vice President Joe Biden in a video released Tuesday morning, slamming President Trump's policies as "racist" and urging voters to vote for Biden "like your lives depend on it."
In the 24-minute video released by the Biden campaign, Ms Obama made her "closing argument" to Americans clear, saying, "Our country is in chaos because of a president who isn't up for the job."
Mr Biden supported Ms Obama's message, tweeting, "There's no better person to convey what's at stake in this election than my friend, Michelle Obama."
The former first lady said through Mr Trump's "wilful mismanagement" of the coronavirus crisis, more Americans have died than in the Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam and Korean wars combined.
She accused the president of endangering American lives, saying that with respect to the crisis, "Our commander in chief, sadly, has been missing in action."
Ms Obama accused Mr Trump of being "racist" with his treatment of minority groups, and implored Black and Brown voters, young voters and undecided voters who were thinking of sitting out of this election to vote.
"To all the young people out there, to all the Black and Brown folks, to anyone who feels frustrated and alienated by this whole system, I get it. I really do," Ms Obama said. "Search your hearts and your conscience, and then vote for Joe Biden."
Mr Trump's campaign team responded by saying the former Barack Obama-Joe Biden White House had failed "minority communities in America".
"President Trump delivered numerous achievements for minorities in just one term, including record-low unemployment, historic funding for HBCUs, criminal justice reform, and Opportunity Zones.
"These baseless attacks from a former first lady only prove Joe Biden has yet to shore up support from Black Americans after taking their votes for granted and failing minority communities for decades."
TRUMP TELLS REPUBLICANS TO CANCEL COVID STIMULUS TALKS
President Trump on Tuesday rejected a coronavirus stimulus proposal from Democrats and accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of "not negotiating in good faith" as he called on congressional Republicans to drop the matter until after the election and instead focus on his nomination to the Supreme Court.
"Nancy Pelosi is asking for $2.4 Trillion Dollars ($A3.4 trillion) to bailout poorly run, high crime, Democrat States, money that is in no way related to COVID-19. We made a very generous offer of $1.6 Trillion Dollars ($A2.2 trillion) and, as usual, she is not negotiating in good faith," Mr Trump tweeted.
Nancy Pelosi is asking for $2.4 Trillion Dollars to bailout poorly run, high crime, Democrat States, money that is in no way related to COVID-19. We made a very generous offer of $1.6 Trillion Dollars and, as usual, she is not negotiating in good faith. I am rejecting their...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020
"I am rejecting their request, and looking to the future of our Country. I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business."
Trump wrote that he "asked [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell not to delay, but to instead focus full time on approving my outstanding nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett. Our Economy is doing very well."
Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hit back saying the President had walked away from "poor children, the unemployed and America's hard working families".
President Trump has shown his true colors: walking away from coronavirus relief negotiations and refusing to give real help to poor children, the unemployed, and America’s hard working families. https://t.co/gic4yuVsTB— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) October 6, 2020
TRUMP LEAVES HOSPITAL: 'DON'T LET COVID DOMINATE YOU'
Donald Trump walked out of hospital on Tuesday morning (Australian time) after just three nights with a thumbs up and several fist pumps as he descended the stairs of Walter Reed Medical Centre.
"Thank you very much, thank you," Mr Trump said, to a shouted question from press about whether he might be a "super spreader".
He was moving freely as he walked down two flights of stairs and appeared fully alert as he got into an SUV for the short ride to Marine One, which was standing by to fly him back home to the White House.
While his doctors say he's still "not out of the woods" Mr Trump has responded so well to his aggressive treatment including some experimental drugs that he can move back home to the White House.
Ahead of his release, Mr Trump pledged on Twitter: "Will be back on the Campaign Trail soon!!! The Fake News only shows the fake polls."
Will be back on the Campaign Trail soon!!! The Fake News only shows the Fake Polls.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2020
Supporters cheered for Mr Trump as he departed hospital aboard Marine One.
Minutes later, Mr Trump removed his mask for a photo when he arrived at the White House.
Mr Trump then backed up an earlier message he tweeted about not fearing the virus in a short video.
"Don't let it dominate you, don't be afraid of it," he said in the video posted on Twitter.
"You're going to beat it. We have the best medical equipment, we have the best medicines, all developed recently."
He said that while two days ago "I didn't feel so good" he now felt "better than 20 years ago".
"Don't let it dominate you, don't let it take over your lives," he said.
Mr Trump said he had pursued aggressive treatment because "as your leader I had to do that. I knew there was a danger to it but I had to do it".
"There's a risk, there's a danger but that's OK."
Promising that a vaccine was "imminent" he said the country needed to reopen.
"Get out there … be careful. We have the best medicines in the world," he said.
In his earlier tweet where he indicated he was hours away from getting out of hospital, Mr Trump urged his supporters to not "be afraid of COVID".
After three nights in one of America's top military hospitals and a slew of experimental treatments from a team of doctors, Mr Trump declared, "I feel better than I did 20 years ago."
"I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Centre today at 6.30pm (9.30am AEDT) Feeling really good!" Mr Trump tweeted.
"Don't be afraid of COVID. Don't let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge."
TRUMP THANKS NEWS CORP JOURNALIST
Miranda Devine has revealed she was spammed with anti-Trump "abuse" from the Twitter "sewer" after Donald Trump accidentally tweeted her email address.
The Daily Telegraph columnist and Sky News Australia contributor was soon bombarded with a torrent of abuse from "thousands" of people angry that Mr Trump had "seemingly beaten the coronavirus".
In a two-part tweet, the US President quoted Ms Devine's recent New York Post column before thanking her and accidentally adding her email address.
Twitter eventually deleted the tweet, but not before Ms Devine was targeted.
"People (were) just very angry a lot of them, and they're furious about the fact Donald Trump has actually seemingly beaten the coronavirus," she said.
"There are literally thousands I can't count how many (emails) there were.
"He's talking about it as if it's not something we should be afraid of. You can't let it dominate your life, that's a great lesson, great message to send to the whole of America and the world."
Ms Devine said the abuse directed towards the US President has not been limited to the Twitter "sewer" but came from verified journalists from mainstream media.
"It's not just from the random people on Twitter - which we know is a sewer - but it's also from people with blue (ticks), people in the media," she said.
"Now that he (Trump) hasn't died, they seem to be enraged that he didn't die.
"Mainly their beef with him is the fact that he's out of hospital so quickly, that he looks so healthy.
"It actually blows up Joe Biden's entire campaign message, because he's been projecting this timidity, this sort of stay in the basement mentality.
"It's been quite ridiculous his campaign."
Mr Trump had gushed about an article Ms Devine had written in Sunday's New York Post.
The article praised the US President for his "fearlessness in the face of the virus," saying "he took the risks he had to take, because "great generals do not lead from behind'" in reference to his frontline leadership during the pandemic.
"I am the President of the United States. I can't lock myself in a room … I had to confront it so the American people stopped being afraid of it so we could deal with it responsibility," he told New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Saturday.
....invincible hero, who not only survived every dirty trick the Democrats threw at him, but the Chinese virus as well. He will show America we no longer have to be afraid.” firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you Miranda. Was over until the Plague came in from China. Will win anyway!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2020
WHITE HOUSE DOCTOR: TRUMP 'NOT OUT OF THE WOODS'
More than 207,000 Americans have died of the coronavirus and the US government's shambolic response to the pandemic has driven down Mr Trump's approval ratings.
His tweet came minutes ahead of an update by White House physician Dr Sean Conley.
"He's back," said Dr Conley outside Walter Reed Medical Centre.
Dr Conley said Mr Trump would continue to receive "world class medical care, 24/7" at the White House.
Mr Trump was sent home after his fourth dose of antiviral drug Remdisivir and he is still being treated with the steroid Dexamethesone.
Although not cured and still contagious, Dr Conley said he was well enough to leave hospital.
"Yesterday afternoon he probably could have gone home," Dr Conley said.
COVID-19 patients often relapse seven to 10 days into their illness and Dr Conley said the team was prepared for a "potential reversal" given he "may not entirely be out of the woods".
"We all remain cautiously optimistic and on guard because we're in a bit of uncharted territory when it comes to a patient received the therapies he has so early in the course," Dr Conley said.
"So we're looking to this weekend if we can get through to Monday with him remaining the same or improving better yet then we will all take that final deep sigh of relief."
Despite a growing circle of infections apparently centred on a White House garden party last weekend for Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, Dr Conley again refused to confirm when Mr Trump was first diagnosed.
He also defended Mr Trump's controversial drive-by thanks to supporters outside the hospital when asked by a reporter: "How is any of this safe?"
"The president has been surrounded by medical and security staff for days wearing full PPE (personal protective equipment)," Dr Conley said.
I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2020
"Yesterday the Secret Service agents were in that PPE for a very short period of time."
Dr Conley also wouldn't comment on Mr Trump downplaying the threat of COVID.
"I'm not going to get into what the president said," he said.
Earlier, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said the administration was "optimistic" Mr Trump would return to the White House after spending several days at Walter Reed Medical Centre being treated for coronavirus.
"We are still optimistic that based on his unbelievable progress and - and how strong he has been in terms of his fight against this COVID-19 disease, that he will be released," Mr Meadows told Fox News.
"But that decision won't be made until later today."
Mr Meadows also said Mr Trump's health improved overnight and the president is ready to get back "to a normal working schedule."
"Spoke to the president this morning," Mr Meadows said. "He continued to improve overnight and is ready to get back to a normal working schedule."
He added that the president "will meet with his doctors and nurses this morning to make further assessments of his progress."
Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced on Monday (local time) she has tested positive for COVID-19, three days after Mr Trump was hospitalised with the disease.
"After testing negative consistently, including every day since Thursday, I tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning while experiencing no symptoms," Ms McEnany said in a statement.
"No reporters, producers, or members of the press are listed as close contacts by the White House Medical Unit," added Mr Trump's spokeswoman, who said she was going into quarantine following the diagnosis.
Mr Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis has up-ended the White House race less than a month from polling day - and cast a harsh spotlight on the president's much criticised management of the pandemic which has claimed over 200,000 American lives.
Eager to portray himself as in charge despite his sickness, Mr Trump sent 15 block-capital tweets in 30 minutes, appealing to voters by claiming a record of successes in his first term including tax cuts and stock market highs, and protecting gun rights and religious liberties.
BETTER & CHEAPER HEALTHCARE. VOTE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2020
SAVE OUR SECOND AMENDMENT. VOTE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2020
DRIVE-BY STUNT SPARKS OUTRAGE
The tweetstorm came after the president sparked an angry backlash with a protocol-breaking visit to supporters outside the hospital where he is being treated.
On Sunday, medical experts accused Mr Trump of putting the lives of others at risk by taking part in a motorcade despite being infected with the coronavirus.
Mr Trump also praised staff at the Walter Reed Medical Centre in a video message posted moments before his motorcade set out at 5.20pm on Sunday, local time.
"It's been a very interesting journey. I learned a lot about COVID. I learned it by really going to school. This is the real school," Mr Trump said.
"This isn't the 'Let's read the book' school.
"I get it. I understand it, and it's a very interesting thing, and I'm going to be letting you know about it."
Mr Trump wore a mask and was loudly cheered as he waved from a car window, but the drive-by was slammed by critics as an unnecessary health risk to his staff.
"That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack," said Dr James Phillips, an attending doctor at Walter Reed, on Twitter.
"The risk of COVID-19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding. My thoughts are with the Secret Service forced to play."
But the White House dismissed the risk and called it "a short, last-minute motorcade ride to wave to his supporters outside".
It came after it was revealed Mr Trump kept his first COVID diagnosis secret and told an aide who had tested positive "Don't tell anyone", according to the Wall Street Journal.
Mr Trump sat on a positive result in a rapid-test on Thursday for several hours until he could be diagnosed by a more thorough screening, known as a PCR swab.
In the meantime he spoke to Fox News about his adviser, Hope Hicks, the first known Trump administration member to test positive in the growing cluster that has spread to more than 20 staffers, advisers and members of the White House press corps.
Mr Trump's personal assistant Nick Luna, who is married to Jared Kushner's PA, Cassidy Dumbauld, reportedly joined the group, after returning a positive test.
At the time of his pending diagnosis, Mr Trump said he and First Lady Melania Trump were waiting on results of tests they had taken because they both spent so much time with Ms Hicks.
He tweeted about the pair's diagnosis a few hours later.
White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany confirmed on Sunday that Mr Trump's first positive diagnosis came after his return from a New Jersey fundraiser on Thursday afternoon.
Mr Trump attended the indoor roundtable after Ms Hicks' was diagnosed.
The Journal reported that Mr Trump tried to keep secret his illness.
"Mr Trump and his top advisers also aimed to keep such a close hold on the early positive results that his campaign manager, Bill Stepien, didn't know that Hope Hicks … had tested positive on Thursday morning until news reports later that evening," the Journal said.
Mr Stepien himself tested positive the following day.
Mr Trump's medical team declared the US president is being administered the powerful steroid Dexamethasone - usually only given to patients with the most serious bouts of COVID-19.
Mr Trump received supplemental oxygen and is now being treated with Dexamethasone, as his medical team indicated he may have suffered some lung damage.
The steroid is usually only used in very serious COVID cases.
Dr Sean Conley also sough to clear up previous confusion, confirming that Mr Trump experienced "two episodes of transient drops in his oxygen saturation levels" on Friday, as well as having a high fever.
The president was on supplemental oxygen for roughly one hour.
Dr Conley explained the circumstances that led up to the President being given oxygen and then being hospitalised.
"Thursday night and Friday morning when I left his (White House) bedside, the President was doing well, with only minor symptoms and his oxygen saturation was in the high 90s," he said.
"Late Friday morning when I returned to the bedside the President had a high fever and his oxygen saturation level was transiently dipping below 94 per cent. Given these developments I was concerned for possible rapid progression of the illness."
When asked why he had not revealed the President needed "supplemental oxygen" at an earlier media briefing, Dr Conley said he was trying to put a positive spin on the President's condition.
"I was trying to reflect the upbeat attitude that the team and the President have had over this course of illness. I didn't want to give any information that might steer the course of the illness in another direction and in doing so it came off that we were trying to hide something, which wasn't necessarily true."
Originally published as Trump tests positive for COVID antibodies