Has Trump been tested for coronavirus?

Orient Net 2020-03-10 07:24:00

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After speaking for a few minutes at a White House press conference on the impact of the new coronavirus Monday evening (March 9), President Donald Trump walked out of the room, leaving Vice President Mike Pence and health officials to answer questions from reporters. “Mr. President, have you been tested, sir?” multiple reporters shouted at Trump as he left the press room.

Pence ultimately fielded that question about himself by revealing, “I have not been tested for the coronavirus.” Asked again if Trump has been tested, he replied, “I honestly don’t know the answer to the question, but we’ll refer that question and we will get you an answer from the White House physician very quickly.”

Later in the press conference he was also unable to answer why he and Trump would not have been tested despite interacting with multiple lawmakers who had direct contact with an infected patient at CPAC less than two weeks ago and are now in self-quarantine.

According to the White House on Monday, President Donald Trump has not been tested for coronavirus even though he recently attended the Conservative Political Action Conference where an attendee eventually tested positive for the disease.

"The President has not received COVID-19 testing because he has neither had prolonged close contact with any known confirmed COVID-19 patients, nor does he have any symptoms. President Trump remains in excellent health, and his physician will continue to closely monitor him," said White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham according to a pool report.

COVID-19 is the name given by the medical community for the coronavirus currently sweeping the planet.

The statement comes after three House Republicans who had come in direct contact with Trump put themselves into self-quarantine after attending CPAC and coming in contact with the individual who tested positive for the virus. Reps. Doug Collins (Ga.), Matt Gaetz (Fla.) and Mark Meadows (N.C.) all directly interacted with Trump in the days after the February conference. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who was also at the conference, has also since placed himself into self-quarantine.

As of Monday night, more than 600 people have been found to be infected with the disease in the United States, with at least 26 deaths. Trump announced Monday that the administration would be looking at financial assistance to encourage workers to take time off if they feel ill.

Based on Politico, Daily Beast

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