After much pressure from Americans, President Donald Trump carried out the coronavirus test and came out negative.
The White House made this known after Trump revealed during a press briefing on Saturday that he took the test on Friday following concerns about his exposure to several people who have been infected for the virus.
“Last night after an in-depth discussion with the President regarding COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed,” according to the statement about the results released by press secretary Stephanie Grisham with Trump’s permission.
“One week after having dinner with the Brazilian delegation in Mar-a-Lago, the President remains symptom-free. I have been in daily contact with the CDC and White House Coronavirus Task Force, and we are encouraging the implementation of all their best practices for exposure reduction and transmission mitigation.”
Trump’s decision to take the test comes after he said he was concerned about his close contact with the press secretary for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Brazil’s chargé d’affaires in Washington who both tested positive for coronavirus days after they met with Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.
The US has more than 2,826 confirmed cases, with 60 deaths from coronavirus.