President Donald Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus, the White House announced on Saturday evening.
The president’s physician, Sean P. Conley, said in a memo released by the White House that Trump decided to get tested on Friday after they conferred about the matter.
“Last night after an in-depth discussion with the president regarding COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed,” the president’s physician, Sean P. Conley, wrote in a memorandum released by the White House Saturday evening.
“This evening I received confirmation that the test is negative,” Conley wrote.
Trump announced at a press briefing on Saturday that he had been tested for coronavirus following his recent exposure to two Brazilian officials who later tested positive for the virus.
Trump, who said his temperature was “totally normal,” told reporters he took the test Friday night but that it would take a few days to get the results because the test was sent to a lab.
Trump took the test around the time a White House doctor issued a statement saying the president does not need to get tested or self-quarantined for coronavirus because he had not exhibited any symptoms.
Trump is at low risk for the coronavirus because his contacts with one of the officials “was extremely limited (photographs, handshake),” and his interaction with the second person “occurred before any symptom onset,” wrote Dr. Sean Conley in a letter released late Friday.
The president had said earlier on Friday at a news conference in the Rose Garden that he would “most likely” be tested for coronavirus “fairly soon.” He was pressed on the matter after it emerged that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s communications secretary tested positive for the virus. During his remarks, he continued to grip hands with business executives and health officials who continue to tell Americans one of the first lines of defense against the spread is to stop shaking hands.