Washington – United States President Donald Trump said today that he will “most likely” be tested for the coronavirus “fairly soon” after having been in contact with the Brazilian government’s press chief, Fabio Wajngarten, who has tested positive by COVID-19.
In an abrupt change in position, Trump said that “most likely” is that the test will be done soon to confirm whether he has contracted the disease, after both he and the White House downplayed the contact he had with Wajngarten last Sunday. at his private club in Mar-a-Lago (Florida).
“I think I will do it anyway (even if I don’t have symptoms). Pretty soon. We’re looking at the calendar” to schedule it, Trump said during a press conference at the White House rose garden.RELATED
The president had just repeated several times, during the same press conference, that Americans should not be tested for coronaviruses unless they have symptoms, and assured that he himself has not felt them.
“I don’t know if I was exposed (to the coronavirus during the Wajngarten encounter), but I don’t have any of the symptoms,” Trump said at the start of the press conference.
“We have many doctors in the White House. I have asked them the same thing and they have told me that I do not have any symptoms, and we do not want people without symptoms to be tested,” he added.
But Trump changed the script when a CBS News journalist reminded him that his own government recommends a preventive quarantine for those who have been close to someone who tested positive, and that he appears standing next to Wajngarten in a photograph of the meeting that he published on his Instagram profile.
Trump assured that he has not seen that photograph, which has been widely circulated on social networks this week, and settled the conversation stating that the test will probably be done.
However, the president did not answer the reporter’s question as to why he does not submit to a preventive isolation regime, as recommended by health authorities in cases like his.
Yesterday, when the news came out that Wajngarten had tested positive, Trump said he was not “concerned” about the issue, and the White House confirmed that he was not planning to test the president because he had “almost no interaction” with the spokesman. Brazilian during his visit to Mar-a-Lago.
Wajngarten was part of the Brazilian delegation that accompanied the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, to his meeting with Trump, and the news of his contagion has led to US senators. Rick Scott and Lindsey Graham, as well as the Mayor of the City of Miami, Francis Suárez, to undergo a voluntary quarantine.
Bolsonaro, for his part, tested negative for the coronavirus on Friday, three days after concluding his visit to Miami.