Trump tests negative for coronavirus – White House physician confirmed

Trump tests negative for coronavirus - White House physician confirmed
Fabio Wajngarten (2nd left partially obscured) was pictured standing behind President Trump in the meeting with President Jair Bolsonaro. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times, Washington: The White House physician has confirmed that President Donald Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus.

Sean Conley said in a statement on Saturday that he received confirmation that the test is negative.

The president went a test days after hosting a Brazilian delegation at his Florida resort, some of whom have tested positive.

An aide to the Brazilian president named Fabio Wajngarten was among those later confirmed to have the disease.

The White House physician said, “One week after having dinner with the Brazilian delegation in Mar-a-Lago, the president remains symptom-free.”

The 73-year-old president did not self-isolate after that meeting, saying he had no symptoms, but after a barrage of further questions during a news conference at the White House, he said he would get tested.

White House said that the president was checked on Friday.

Mr Conley’s statement said, “I have been in daily contact with the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and White House Coronavirus Task Force, and we are encouraging the implementation of all their best practices for exposure reduction and transmission mitigation.”

The United States has confirmed 54 deaths with 2,700 cases so far.

Trump declared a national state of emergency to release $50bn (£40bn) to fight the spread of the virus.

What about the Mar-a-Lago visit?

A press secretary for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Mr Wajngarten posted a photograph of himself standing close to Mr Trump.

The press secretary tested positive several days after that visit.

Other Brazilians who were in Mr Bolsonaro’s entourage at Mar-a-Lago have since tested positive including Senator Nelsinho Trad, lawyer Karina Kufa and Brazil’s ambassador to the US, Nestor Forster.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez – who also met Mr Wajngarten during his US trip – announced on Friday that he had been infected.

The Brazilian delegation also met Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, but there is no confirmation of them being infected by the virus.

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