WH Says Trump Doesn’t Need To Be Tested For COVID-19 Because He ‘Had Very Little Interaction’ With Infected
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham released a statement on Thursday regarding the recent contact between both Donald Trump and Mike Pence with a Brazilian official who tested positive with the COVID-19 coronavirus.
According to Grisham, Trump and Pence do not need to be tested because they had “very little interaction” with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s communications chief, Fabio Wajngarten.
“The White House is aware of public reports that a member of the Brazilian delegation’s visit to Mar-a-Lago last weekend tested positive for COVID-19; confirmatory testing is pending,” the statement said. “Exposures from the case are being assessed, which will dictate next steps. Both the President and Vice President had almost no interactions with the individual who tested positive and do not require being tested at this time.”
Trump was photographed standing next to Wajngarten days before Wajngarten tested positive for the virus. Bolsonaro, who also got tested for the virus, sat next to Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida earlier this week.
Trump said this week that he “heard something about” Wajngarten having the coronavirus. “We had dinner together in Florida, at Mar-a-Lago, with the entire delegation,” Trump told McClatchy. “I don’t know if the press aide was there, if he was there, he was there. But we did nothing very unusual.”
“As stated before, the White House Medical Unit and the United States Secret Service has been working closely with various agencies to ensure every precaution is taken to keep the First & Second Families, and all White House staff healthy,” Grisham’s statement said. “To reiterate CDC guidelines, there is currently no indication to test patients without symptoms, and only people with prolonged close exposure to confirmed positive cases should self-quarantine.”
“We are monitoring the situation closely and will update everyone as we get more information,” the statement concluded.