No plans to test Trump, de­spite ex­po­sure

The Kansas City Star - - News - BY FRANCESCA CHAM­BERS fcham­[email protected]­clatchydc.com

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.

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