Week After Photo with Infected Man, Trump Announces He's Taken Coronavirus Test


President Donald Trump said Saturday he had been tested for the coronavirus and was awaiting the results.

Trump previously said he’d likely get tested, though the White House physician said Friday night that a test was not necessary.

Trump’s most recent remarks came during a news briefing at the White House.

“I also took the test last night,” the president told reporters.

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“I decided I should based on the press conference yesterday. People were asking ‘did I take the test,'” Trump added, referring to his remarks Friday in the Rose Garden.

Trump had told reporters during that media conference that he’d like get tested, but was not sure when.

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“We’re working on a schedule,” he said, according to CNN.

Trump was asked by a reporter Saturday when he’d get his results back.

“I don’t know, whatever it takes — a day, or two days,” he said. “Whatever it is. They send it to a lab.”

He added that he took the test “only because the press” had focused on it so much.

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Trump took the test roughly a week after he was photographed with Fabio Wajngarten, the communications secretary for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Trump had met with the Brazilian leader at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

Earlier this week, Wajngarten tested positive for the coronavirus after returning to Brazil, according to The Washington Post.

On Thursday, Trump said he wasn’t worried.

“Let’s put it this way: I’m not concerned,” he said.

“We had dinner together in Florida in — at Mar-a-Lago, with the entire delegation,” Trump said. “I don’t know if the press aide was there. If he was there, he was there.”

On Friday night, Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley, who serves as White House physician, said Trump had come into contact at the dinner with two individuals who later tested positive for the virus.

“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,” Conley wrote.

“Additionally, given the President himself remains without symptoms, testing for COVID-19 is not currently indicated. I will continue to closely monitor and care for the President, and will update you as more information becomes available.”

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Joe Setyon was a deputy managing editor for The Western Journal who had spent his entire professional career in editing and reporting. He previously worked in Washington, D.C., as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine.
Joe Setyon was deputy managing editor for The Western Journal with several years of copy editing and reporting experience. He graduated with a degree in communication studies from Grove City College, where he served as managing editor of the student-run newspaper. Joe previously worked as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine, a libertarian publication in Washington, D.C., where he covered politics and wrote about government waste and abuse.
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