Trump tests negative for coronavirus, doctor says
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has tested negative for the new coronavirus, according to the president’s personal physician.
The White House released the test results Saturday night after Trump told reporters hours earlier that he had taken the coronavirus test, following days of resisting being screened despite the fact that he had been in recent contact with three people who have tested positive for the virus.
Trump told reporters at a White House briefing Saturday that he had his temperature taken and it was “totally normal,” shortly before stepping into the room to discuss the government’s efforts to halt the spread of the virus.
Trump had multiple direct and indirect contacts with people who have since tested positive for the virus, including three people he spent time with last weekend at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.
The Brazilian Embassy in Washington said late Friday that the country’s charge d’affaires, Nestor Forster, tested positive after sitting at Trump’s dinner table. So, too, have a top aide to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who took a photo with Trump and attended a party with him, and another person who attended a campaign fundraiser with the president, according to two Republican
officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Trump, after days of insisting that he was not exhibiting symptoms of the virus, relented after being pressed by reporters about his resistance to testing when multiple lawmakers and countless citizens across the country who have had the same degree of exposure have not only tried to get tested, but also chosen to try to avoid potentially infecting others.
On Saturday, the White House also announced that it is conducting temperature checks on anyone who is in close contact with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
The move is being taken as a precaution in response to the coronavirus outbreak, said Judd Deere, a White House spokesman. A representative from the White House physician’s office took the temperature of members of the media who were at the White House. A reporter with a suspected elevated temperature was not allowed in.
President Trump had interacted with at least three people who have since tested positive for the virus.