No plans to test Trump, despite exposure
President Donald Trump has no plans to be tested for the coronavirus at this time, the White House said Thursday after a Brazilian official who was at Mar-a-Lago last weekend tested positive for COVID-19.
Trump stood next to Fabio Wajngarten, an aide to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, in a photograph that the aide posted on Instagram. Vice President Mike Pence, the leader of the president’s coronavirus task force, and Bolsonaro are also in that photo, which was posted after the Brazilian president met with Trump at Mar-a-Lago, the president’s Florida resort, last Saturday.
Trump on Thursday told reporters he was “not concerned” about a report that Bolsonaro’s aide had contracted the coronavirus.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement that neither Trump nor Pence required testing for the coronavirus because they are not exhibiting symptoms and neither of them planned to self-quarantine as a result of their contact with the infected person.
“Exposures from the case are being assessed, which will dictate next steps. Both the President and Vice President had almost no interactions with the individual who tested positive and do not require being tested at this time,” she said.
“To reiterate CDC guidelines, there is currently no indication to test patients without symptoms, and only people with prolonged close exposure to confirmed positive cases should self-quarantine,” Grisham said. “We are monitoring the situation closely and will update everyone as we get more information.”
The statement came as lawmakers who may have had contact with individuals who later tested positive – including Florida Sen. Rick Scott and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham – voluntarily went into self-quarantine out of caution.