President Donald Trump does not need to be screened for the coronavirus at this time, even after reports that he attended a dinner with a close aide to the President of Brazil who tested positive for the virus, the White House reported.
Trump can be seen in a photograph standing right next to the official, Fabio Wajngarten, communications secretary to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who dined at the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Saturday.
Wajngarten’s diagnosis was confirmed after a second test on Thursday, according to a statement from the presidential palace on Thursday. However, the White House said it was still awaiting the results of the “confirmatory tests.”RELATED
“The case briefs that will dictate the next steps to be taken are being evaluated,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.
“Both the president and vice president had almost no interactions with the person who tested positive and do not require an examination at this time,” he said. “Currently, there are no guidelines for evaluating symptom-free patients, and only people with prolonged exposure to confirmed positive cases should be quarantined.”
Early Thursday, Florida Sen. Rick Scott announced that he would be quarantined for “increased caution” after meeting with the same Brazilian delegation and noting that he was in the same room as Wajngarten, although he does not believe he interacted with him.
Journalists asked Trump on Thursday about the Wajngarten case and said he was not sure if the press assistant was at dinner with Bolsonaro.
“If it was there, it was there. But we did nothing very unusual. We sat next to each other for a period of time, we had a great conversation, “Trump said Thursday morning at the White House, referring to Bolsonaro. “He is doing an excellent job in Brazil and we will know what happens. I guess tests are underway right now. ” Then he added: “It doesn’t worry me.”
On Tuesday, Trump said he didn’t need to be tested for the virus after being in contact with quarantined Republicans for fear they might be infected.