President Donald Trump has been in contact and close proximity in recent days with several people who have tested positive for coronavirus.
The media establishment has been hammering him for not being tested himself in light of this fact, so he finally did — and, according to Breitbart, the White House has announced that the Trump’s test results came back negative.
Media pressure leads to test
The initial concern for Trump came after it was revealed that an attendee at last month’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) had tested positive for coronavirus.
While Trump did not come into direct contact with the man while there, he was in contact with several others who had, and who were already in self-quarantine.
Additionally, a Brazilian delegation Trump recently hosted at his Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida included members who tested positive for coronavirus as well.
To this point, Trump had not taken the test because he had shown no symptoms. Being the president, though, he was under considerable pressure to be tested.
After the test was complete, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham released a statement from White House physician Dr. Sean Conley which read: “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.
“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,” the statement added.
Tight protocols enforced
In light of the blatant lack of responsibility on the part of many in terms of observing health protocol recommendations, such as staying at home if one is sick, the White House is employing extra measures to protect Trump.
One of those measures involves enhanced screening of those coming in and out of the White House and other relevant venues.
White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere stated: “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.”
The New York Times reported on Sunday that the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States has jumped to over 3,100 across 49 states.