President Donald Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus, according to a statement from the White House.
Indeed, Trump took the test on Friday, he said during a Saturday news conference; after coming into recent contact with two individuals who have tested positive for the virus.
“Last night after an in-depth discussion with the President regarding COVID-19 testing; he elected to proceed,” according to the statement about the results released by press secretary Stephanie Grisham with Trump’s permission.
“One week after having dinner with the Brazilian delegation in Mar-a-Lago, the President remains symptom-free. I have been in daily contact with the CDC and White House Coronavirus Task Force; and we are encouraging the implementation of all their best practices for exposure reduction and transmission mitigation.”
Further, Trump said Saturday he had also had his temperature taken Saturday before entering the White House briefing room. The President told reporters that his temperature was normal.
Also, the White House physician had previously said in a memo that the President; “remains without symptoms, testing for COVID-19 is not currently indicated.”
Asked when he would announce the results of his coronavirus test; the President said that the test was sent to a lab and could take a day or two.
Meanwhile, Trump said he took the test “only because the press is going crazy.”
“I also took the test last night. And I decided I should, based on the press conference yesterday. People were asking, did I take the test?” Trump said; referring to his press conference Friday in which he declared a national emergency to free up $50 billion in federal resources; to combat coronavirus.
As a matter of fact, Trump’s decision to take the test comes after he said he was not concerned about coming into close contact with a Brazilian official who tested positive this week for the coronavirus.
Equally important, the press secretary for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Brazil’s chargé d’affaires in Washington; both tested positive for coronavirus this week; days after they met with Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.
The White House medical doctor released a memo Friday at midnight; saying that Trump remains without symptoms for coronavirus and quarantine is not necessary.