Trump tests neg­a­tive for coro­n­avirus, doc­tor says

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD - By Jill Colvin and Aamer Madhani

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.

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Pres­i­dent Trump had in­ter­acted with at least three peo­ple who have since tested pos­i­tive for the virus.

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