According to a statement from White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham Monday evening, President Trump has not been tested for the coronavirus, in spite of having been in contact with several individuals who were exposed at CPAC and who have gone into self-quarantine.
Earlier, @VP said he had not been tested for the novel #coronavirus and didn’t know whether @POTUS had been.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) March 10, 2020
“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,” Grisham said. “President Trump remains in excellent health, and his physician will continue to closely monitor him.”
The question about whether the president has been tested was raised by reporters at a Monday afternoon press conference. At that COVID-19 presser, Vice President Mike Pence responded that he had not been tested. He also said that he did not know whether the president had been tested and promised reporters he would ask the White House to respond with an answer.
Trump has been in recent close contact with multiple people who have since gone into self-quarantine after their interactions with a person at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) who subsequently tested positive for coronavirus.
The infected person did not have contact with the president or vice president. Neither was the person in close proximity to them at the conference. However, American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp interacted with the person at some point during the multi-day event, and then Schlapp shook Trump’s hand at the conclusion of the conference.
After learning of the conference attendee’s coronavirus diagnosis, Schlapp and his family have gone into self-quarantine as a precaution, though they have not had any COVID-19 symptoms.
Rep. Doug Collins shook Trump’s hand on Friday when the two toured the CDC along with other officials. Collins has since put himself under quarantine after learning he was potentially exposed at CPAC.
Video from Friday shows President Trump shaking hands with Rep. Doug Collins, who just confirmed that he is self-quarantined after coming into contact with someone recently diagnosed with coronavirus https://t.co/ArWlKp4pIj pic.twitter.com/2wHIlDLOST
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 9, 2020
This afternoon, I was notified by CPAC that they discovered a photo of myself and the patient who has tested positive for #COVID19.
While I am not experiencing any symptoms, I have decided to self-quarantine out of an abundance of caution.
Full statement → pic.twitter.com/74oeaYOBYR
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) March 9, 2020
Rep. Matt Gaetz on Monday learned that he was possibly exposed to the virus at CPAC as well and after flying back to Washington on Air Force One from the CDC tour, he placed himself into a self-quarantine status.
While the Congressman is not experiencing symptoms, he received testing today and expects results soon.
Under doctor’s usual precautionary recommendations, he’ll remain self-quarantined until the 14-day period expires this week.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) March 9, 2020
Newly announced White House chief of staff Mark Meadows similarly has gone into self-quarantine after riding on the president’s plane from the CDC tour and learning of his exposure at CPAC. Meadows’ communications director confirmed that he would isolate himself as a precaution …
Confirming: Mark Meadows was advised this weekend that now 12 days prior at CPAC, he may have come in contact with the COVID-19 positive test individual. A precautionary test came back negative & he feels great. He’ll be self-quarantined till the 14 day period passes Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/lNuOlFYmzv
— Ben Williamson (@_WilliamsonBen) March 10, 2020
Others who attended CPAC are also self-quarantining, despite exhibiting no symptoms of infection to-date–doing the right thing to try to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. Among them, Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Paul Gosar have announced precautionary self-quarantines. Neither of them are known to have had any close contact with Trump since the conference.
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