United States President Donald Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus, according to a statement from the White House. Trump took the test on Friday, after coming into recent contact with two individuals who have tested positive for the virus.
The statement from the White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, said: “Last night after an in-depth discussion with the President regarding COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed. 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.”
According to CNN, Trump had told reporters that he took the test “only because the press is going crazy.” Trump said: “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’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. The press secretary for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Brazil’s chargé d’affaires in Washington both tested positive for coronavirus days after they met with Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.