President Donald Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus, according to the White House physician.
Trump opted to take the test after the press secretary for Brazil’s president tested positive for the virus. Trump dined with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his press secretary at Mar-a-Lago. Bolsonaro said Friday that he tested negative for the virus.
Trump on Saturday said that he had taken a test for the coronavirus and was awaiting results. He said he had decided he would do so after a press conference Friday, in which he was pressed on whether he would take a test. One reporter asked whether he was being “selfish” by not getting tested – even when other administration officials advised self-isolation after exposure to an infected person.
“I didn’t say I wasn’t going to be tested,” Trump pushed back.
According to the note from the White House physician, “last night after an in-depth discussion with the President regarding COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed.”
“This evening,” the White House physician said, “I received confirmation that the test is negative.”
The White House physician added that he has been in “daily contact” with the Center for Disease Control and White House Coronavirus Task Force.
“We are encouraging the implementation of all their best practices for exposure reduction and transmission mitigation,” he said.