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Just a day before Donald Trump tested positive for coronavirus, the US president was filmed throwing hats out to a keen crowd in Minnesota.The president spent almost an hour speaking to voters in Duluth, Minnesota on Wednesday in a campaign speech at the town’s airport.Mr Trump narrowly lost the midwestern state to Hillary Clinton in…

Just a day before Donald Trump tested positive for coronavirus, the US president was filmed throwing hats out to a keen crowd in Minnesota.

The president spent almost an hour speaking to voters in Duluth, Minnesota on Wednesday in a campaign speech at the town’s airport.

Mr Trump narrowly lost the midwestern state to Hillary Clinton in 2016, leading to him fly in for an outdoor rally with his faithful.

Footage taken at the airport rally, verified by Storyful, showed Mr Trump throwing out Make America Great Again (MAGA) hats to voters.

The videos, taken by citizen journalist Brendan Gutenschwager, showed the crowd chanting “USA” as Mr Trump took to the stage.

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Hours later, one of his closest aides, Hope Hicks, admitted she was suffering from coronavirus symptoms.

Ms Hicks travelled back to the White House from Duluth in a separate cabin on Air Force One after she became ill.

After a Wednesday night test, Ms Hicks was confirmed to have coronavirus early Thursday.

“On Thursday evening, before his own diagnosis was made public, Mr Trump sounded raspy on a call with Iowa voters and in an interview later with Sean Hannity on Fox News. Some aides chalked it up to a busy week of campaigning,” the New York Times reported.

During his interview with Sean Hannity on Thursday, Mr Trump said it had been difficult for him and his staff to social distance.

“It’s very hard when you’re with soldiers, when you are with airmen, when you’re with the Marines, and the police officers, I’m with them so much,” he told Fox News.

“And when they come over to you, it’s hard to say, ‘stay back, stay back’. You know, it’s a tough kind of a situation, it’s a terrible thing.

“I just went for a test, and we‘ll see what happens. I mean, who knows … I was surprised to hear with Hope, but she’s a very warm person with them.”

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Hours later, Mr Trump announced his and Melania’s positive test result.

“We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” he wrote on Twitter.

Mrs Trump also took to Twitter to address their diagnosis and said the couple were “feeling good”.

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