(Tea Party PAC) – Rumors have been swirling that President Donald Trump is himself affected by the coronavirus, as he has appeared to show symptoms of feeling unwell during press conferences and addresses to the nation on the continuing coronavirus pandemic.
This is unusually for the famously healthy 73-year-old Trump, who runs circles around his generational peers in Washington DC.
So, as the president implied to the press during a Friday appearance at a White House press conference while announcing his national emergency declaration, Trump himself took the test for the virus.
On Saturday evening, the White House announced that POTUS had tested negative, thankfully.
“Last night after an in-depth discussion with the President regarding COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed. This evening I received confirmation that the test is negative,” White House physician Dr. Sean Conley explained in a statement released through White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.
“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 implementation of all their best practices for exposure reduction and transmission mitigation,” he continued.
At another press conference earlier in the day during his administration’s latest measures to address the outbreak, President Trump revealed that he had undergone testing and was waiting for the results.
“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?’” he told reporters.
Last weekend, Trump had dinner at Mar-a-Lago with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
At the dinner was also Bolsonaro’s press secretary, Fabio Wajngarten, who later tested positive for the coronavirus.
On Friday, Bolsonaro tested negative for the Wuhan, China-based disease.
Earlier Saturday, White House began conducting temperature checks for reporters “in close contact” with President Trump or Vice President Mike Pence. “Out of an abundance of caution, temperature checks are now being performed on any individuals who are in close contact with the President and Vice President,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere confirmed in a statement.
McClatchy White House correspondent and Francesca Chambers reported that “around 11:30 am a man in a suit with a no contact thermometer came through the White House press briefing room and workspaces, taking the temperature of reporters in the building.”
As of Saturday, 2,400 Americans have tested positive for the coronavirus and 50 people have died from the illness, reports the New York Times.