Trump Says He’s Been Tested for Coronavirus After Exposure
President Donald Trump said he took a test to determine whether he has coronavirus, days after learning that he’d recently come in contact with people who were infected or are concerned they may have the virus.
At a White House news conference on Saturday, Trump said he doesn’t have a fever and took the test in response to repeated media inquiries. Trump had said earlier that White House doctors said he didn’t need to be tested. “I won’t know for a day or two,” Trump said of the results.
A week ago, Trump attended a dinner at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. A close aide to Bolsonaro also in attendance was photographed standing next to Trump, and later tested positive for the virus. Bolsonaro has also been tested; the results came back negative for the virus.
Someone else who attended a campaign event at the resort but didn’t have direct contact with the president also tested positive for the virus, according to a person familiar with the matter.
At 73, Trump is part of the age group considered by medical experts to be more likely to become seriously ill if he contracted the novel coronavirus.
Every official who was in the White House Situation Room for a coronavirus meeting with Trump and Pence on Saturday morning had their temperature taken, according to two administration officials. And all passed, the officials said. The bar was a temperature of less than 100 degrees. Pence hasn’t been tested for the coronavirus.
The White House also took the temperature of reporters before they were allowed into the briefing room. At least one was ejected after registering a slight fever.
Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, was also at the Mar-a-Lago gathering last weekend and announced Thursday that he has decided to self-quarantine. Graham said he was in contact with an Australian official who later tested positive for coronavirus.
— With assistance by Anna Waters
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