US President Donald Trump does not need to be tested or quarantined for coronavirus despite being in proximity to infected dignitaries at Mar-a-Lago, the White House physician said in a statement today.
Three members of a Brazilian delegation that traveled to the US have tested positive. One of them was seated at the same dinner table as Trump at Mar-a-Lago last Saturday, while another shook the President’s hand and took a photograph with him, according to the physician’s statement.
“These interactions would be categorized as LOW risk for transmission per CDC guidelines, and as such, there is no indication for home quarantine at this time,” the statement said.
“Additionally, given the President himself remains without symptoms, testing for Covid-19 is not currently indicated.”
There has been some flip-flopping about this: On Thursday, the White House press secretary said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence “do not require being tested at this time.”
Then on Friday, when asked about it by a reporter, Trump said he would “likely” receive a coronavirus test “fairly soon.”
The White House was constantly evaluating whether to test the President and take measures to prevent the virus from spreading among Trump’s close confidants, according to one senior official, who said aides are keenly aware of the optics of testing the commander-in-chief.