President Trump Just Got Tested for Coronavirus

Before a briefing with the White House press corps Saturday, President Donald Trump said that even though his temperature was taken, and he felt fine, he was preparing to take the coronavirus test, which he later announced (via the White House physician) was negative.

“I also took the test,” Trump said in the White House briefing room. “I decided I should based on the press conference yesterday people were asking that I take the test.”

The president had been in contact with several people who later tested positive for COVID-19, which prompted him to be tested prior to anymore handshaking.

President Trump’s coronavirus test came back negative, meaning he does not have the virus, according to the White House physician.

“Last night after an in-depth discussion with the President regrading COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed,” Dr. Sean Conley said in a release. “This evening I received confirmation that the test is negative.”

“One week after having dinner with the Brazilian delegation in Mar-a-Lago, the President remains symptom-free,” he added. “I have been in daily contact with the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and White House Coronavirus Task Force, and we are encouraging the implementation of all their best practices for exposure reduction and transmission mitigation.”

Trump had revealed earlier Saturday that he took the coronavirus test and was awaiting the results. At that time, he indicated that his coronavirus test has been sent out to a lab and the results could take one or two days.

Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday neither he nor his wife, Karen, had been tested because they didn’t have the symptoms or contacts that would necessitate testing. With the president now tested, Pence signaled he’s reevaluating.

“I’m going to speak to the White House physician right after this press briefing and Mrs. Pence and I would be more than happy to be tested,” Pence said.

There were mixed signals coming from the White House regarding testing.

Trump Friday said he would “likely” get tested but then Friday evening, Trump’s physician said in a letter the commander-in-chief did not need to be tested for coronavirus, after a second Brazilian official who recently met with the president at Mar-a-Lago tested positive. It was unexpected when Trump announced on Saturday morning that he had already taken the coronavirus test.

Even before Trump took the test, Dr. Conley said Friday the president’s interactions with the infected guests were “low risk” and that the testing was not currently directed.

“The President’s exposure to the first individual was extremely limited (photograph, handshake) and though he spent more time in closer proximity to the second case, all interactions occurred before any symptom onset,” Conley’s statement said. “These interactions would be categorized as LOW risk for transmission per CDC guidelines, and as such, there is no indication for home quarantine at this time.”

But then, acting Brazilian Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Nestor Forster tested positive for the virus, on Friday. Trump was seated with Forster during the Brazilian delegation’s Mar-a-Lago dinner last Saturday. Then, Fabio Wajngarten, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s communications secretary, tested positive on Wednesday. Trump posed for a photo him at the event. And finally, Brazilian Sen. Nelsinho Trad, who attended the Mar-a-Lago dinner, also tested positive for the virus, according to a statement from his office Friday evening.

As of Saturday, over 2,100 patients have been proven to have contracted the coronavirus in the U.S., with at least 50 deaths.


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One response to “President Trump Just Got Tested for Coronavirus”

  1. I don’t think I could ever want the Presidents’ job – all that hand-shaking and photo-opportunities – especially knowing that anything you catch gets taken home to dearest wife and family !
    Having been an exporter of US medical manufacture for around thirty years and travelling to some pretty desperate regions of the world in the process, I was surprised today to hear that an old anti-malarial drug “Hydroxychloroquine” has shown some very promising results in reducing the virus load of COVID-19 infected patients. The difference between this medicament and the still under development anti-virals is that this has been around almost as long as I have and is both cheap and easily manufactured ( as well as being FDA Approved of course !! ) Like all medicaments it has its prescribed list of possible side-effects ( you know the ones – starting at the top with death ( well not quite in this case !! ) and running down through blindness, headaches and virtually every “complaint” known to the Chief Medical Officer of a well-known country near you ! ) I must say – I never experienced a moments problems with taking it before, during and after trips to deepest “Ebola-land” ! ( and I never became infected with malaria – which was the prime objective ! )
    It will be interesting to see how quickly Big Pharma rushes to get this one under wraps before anyone notices – there’s simply not enough profit to be made in this drug alone – Maybe with a nice humungously expensive combination drug ( they just love those ! ) ?? We shall see – Watch this space ……….

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