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President Trump has examined damaging for the coronavirus, in keeping with a press release Saturday from the White Home.
“Final night time after an in-depth dialogue with the President relating to COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed,” Sean Conley, the doctor to the president, wrote in a memo launched by the White Home. “This night I acquired affirmation that the check is damaging.”
President Trump, 73, had beforehand been in touch with a minimum of one official who examined optimistic for coronavirus following a cocktail party at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida final weekend.
That official, Fábio Wajngarten, is the press secretary for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and was photographed on the occasion alongside Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Brazil’s authorities introduced on Thursday that Wajngarten had examined optimistic for the virus.
“One week after having dinner with the Brazilian delegation in Mar-a-Lago, the President stays symptom-free,” stated Conley. “I’ve been in day by day contact with the CDC and White Home Coronavirus Process Pressure, and we’re encouraging the implementation of all their finest practices for publicity discount and transmission mitigation.”
The announcement adopted days of questions concerning the president’s potential publicity to coronoavirus and got here simply hours after he shocked reporters by revealing that he had actually been examined.
On Thursday, White Home press secretary Stephanie Grisham stated that each Trump and Pence “had virtually no interactions with the person who examined optimistic and don’t require being examined right now.” Nevertheless, two Senate Republicans, South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham and Florida’s Rick Scott, stated they’d each self-quarantine following publicity to members of the Brazilian delegation.
On Friday, it was reported that a minimum of one extra member of the Brazilian delegation that visited Mar-a-Lago additionally examined optimistic for the coronavirus: Chargé d’Affaires Nestor Forster.
Issues concerning the president’s potential publicity solely grew after he was seen shaking arms with a number of chief executives at a press convention Friday within the Rose Backyard.
Only a few hours after the press convention, Conley issued a letter saying that as a result of the president was not exhibiting signs, testing was not wanted.
In telling reporters on Saturday that he had been examined, Trump stated he was not motivated by his interactions with the Brazilian officers, however relatively by questions he acquired throughout his Rose Backyard press convention.
“I made a decision I ought to based mostly on the press convention yesterday,” Trump stated. “Individuals had been asking, did I take the check.”
After Trump revealed he had been examined, a member of the White Home Coronavirus Process Pressure defined what it means when a check comes again damaging.
“If you get a damaging check, which means you are damaging that day, stated Dr. Deborah Birx, the duty power coordinator. “That does not imply that you just could not get the virus spreading in a single day, as a result of it replicates in your nostril and your nasal secretions, and you’d have a optimistic check tomorrow.”
She added: “In case you have a damaging check, that does not imply which you could discontinue precautions. It does not imply you can begin taking dangers since you had been damaging.”
Saturday additionally introduced information that one other high GOP official, Republican Nationwide Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, had been examined for coronavirus. McDaniel final interacted with Trump on Monday, a spokesman instructed USA Right now, when she attended an Orlando occasion and returned to Washington, D.C. on Air Pressure One. McDaniel might be self-quarantining along with her household at residence in Michigan, in keeping with an RNC spokesman.
A number of different officers within the president’s orbit have additionally had publicity to the coronavirus. Newly named White Home Chief of Workers Mark Meadows, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) have all disclosed that they got here into contact with an individual contaminated with coronavirus whereas attending final month’s Conservative Political Motion Convention. All three have self-quarantined, however neither has reported experiencing signs.