On Saturday, Donald Trump announced that he had taken the coronavirus test after coming into contact with two people who had tested positive for the virus. Yesterday, his physician announced that Trump tested negative for the virus.
The White House announced the news in a memo obtained by The Hill released on Saturday night. Trump’s doctor, Sean Conley, wrote, “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.” Conley continued to say that “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.”
This comes a week after Trump had dinner with the Brazilian delegation in Mar-a-Lago where Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s press secretary and Brazil’s chargé d’affaires in Washington tested positive for the virus after meeting with Trump. The White House said that after meeting with the delegation, Trump showed no symptoms of coronavirus.
Trump was not originally concerned with catching the virus after coming into close contact with people who tested positive for it. He said he took the test “only because the press is going crazy.”