President Donald Trump said Friday, March 13, he does not have any symptoms of the Wuhan coronavirus but will “most likely” get tested “fairly soon” after having met several officials who have self-quarantined or tested positive for the virus.
The president was asked about the testing in the White House Garden, where he declared a national emergency over the coronavirus outbreak. His comments came amid conflicting reports over whether Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, who met President Trump at Mar-a-Lago resort last weekend, tested positive for the virus.
Bolsonaro’s aide, Fabio Wajingarten, who is seen in photos with President Trump on social media, was diagnosed with the coronavirus. However, Bolsonaro’s son on Friday told Fox News that his father tested negative for the virus.
The president also had direct contact with congressional lawmakers who have self-quarantined, after an attendee of the Conservative Political Action Conference confirmed he had tested positive.
Also on Friday, the White House said the president’s daughter and senior adviser, Ivanka Trump worked from home as a precaution after interaction with Australian Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton who later got infected, reported the Fox News.
“The White House is aware that Mr. Dutton tested positive for COVID-19. He was asymptomatic during the interaction. Exposures from the case were assessed and the White House Medical Unit confirmed, in accordance with CDC guidance, that Ivanka is exhibiting no symptoms and does not need to self-quarantine,” White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement.
“She worked from home today out of an abundance of caution until guidance was given,” he added.
Attorney General William Barr, who was also present at the meeting, isn’t experiencing any symptoms and “feeling great,” according to a Department of Justice spokeswoman.
“He is staying home today and has consulted with CDC. CDC is not recommending he be tested at this point,” spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said.