WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 (Sputnik) - A top adviser to Donald Trump has contracted the novel coronavirus, the president said on Thursday.

He and the First Lady, Melania Trump, are now being tested for COVID-19, Trump added.

The White House said in a statement earlier that the president "takes the health and safety of himself and everyone who works in support of him and the American people very seriously".

Sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that there was no indication as to whether the president could have contracted the disease.

Hicks previously served as the spokesperson for Trump's 2016 election campaign.