Donald Trump is reportedly concerned that he’s been exposed to people who have contracted the killer coronavirus, including a Brazilian official who tested positive for the disease days after meeting the President at Mar-a-Lago.
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met with Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro and his Press Secretary Fabio Wajngarten and sat down for a dinner together on Saturday.
On Thursday Wajngarten tested positive for COVID-19.
‘He is very concerned about all the people he met who have it, including the Brazilian,’ a source said to CNN on the president’s concerns.
The president has still not been tested for the novel coronavirus, the White House said.
Donald Trump is reportedly concerned that he’s been exposed to people who have contracted the killer coronavirus. On Thursday Saturday he dined with the Brazilian president and his Press Secretary Wajngarten (pictured right), who on Thursday tested positive for the novel coronavirus
On Saturday the president and Vice president dined with Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro and Wajngarten at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a face mask right, said in a Facebook live Thursday: ‘I believe in the next hours we will have the result from [my test] and from some other people who were with me’ Bolsonaro said, referring to others who traveled to the United States with him last weekend
Wajngarten posted an Instagram photo of himself beaming with Trump and Pence and holding a Make Brazil Great Again cap on Monday.
President Bolsonaro was tested for the contagious virus Thursday, just days after he called the global pandemic a ‘fantasy’. He is currently being monitored for the virus.
Bolsonaro shared a Facebook live wearing a face mask on Thursday evening, where he said he expects the results of his coronavirus test in the coming hours.
‘I believe in the next hours we will have the result from [my test] and from some other people who were with me,’ Bolsonaro said, referring to others who traveled to the United States with him last weekend.
The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald reported Bolsonaro took the test: ‘The result should be ready. But the presidential palace is now saying the result will only be released Friday, which likely means he had a second test, and that one takes longer,’ he wrote on Twitter.
In Brazil there are at least 34 confirmed cases as of Thursday.
Despite his private worries, Trump put on a confident front before the nation.
‘Let’s put it this way: I’m not concerned,’ Trump told reporters Thursday while meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office.
‘We did nothing very unusual, we sat next to each other for a period of time,’ he added.
Despite his private worries, Trump put on a confident front before the nation. ‘Let’s put it this way: I’m not concerned,’ he told reporters Thursday. Fabio Wajngarten pictured above
Trump pictured Saturday shaking hands with Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro in front of Mar-a-Lago
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro joined President Trump in toasting Kimberly Guilfoyle at her birthday party at Mar-a-Lago
The head table of Don Jr, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Eric Trump, Lara Trump, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner at Guilfoyle’s birthday bash
In Brazil there are at least 34 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Thursday. President Bolsonaro pictured with Wajngarten
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement stating that Trump and Pence do not require testing.
‘Both the President and Vice President had almost no interactions with the individual who tested positive and do not require being tested at this time,’ she said.
‘The White House Medical Unit and the United States Secret Service has been working closely with various agencies to ensure every precaution is taken to keep the First & Second Families, and all White House staff healthy,’ she added
Several members of the first family were at the Winter White House on Saturday night where they threw a birthday party for Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., in addition to the working dinner for the Brazilian delegation.
Congressman Matt Gaetz, who announced he was exposed to Coronavirus, departing off Air Force One on Monday
Rep. Matt Gaetz, center, was spotted at a party at Mar-a-Lago Saturday night where President Trump and several members of the first family were present
Meanwhile, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he would self-quarantine and be tested for the virus. The South Carolina senator was at Mar-a-Lago this weekend.
‘Senator Graham was at Mar-a-Lago last weekend. He has no recollection of direct contact with the President of Brazil, who is awaiting results of a coronavirus test, or his spokesman who tested positive,’ Graham’s office said in a statement.
‘However, in an abundance of caution and upon the advice of his doctor, Senator Graham has decided to self-quarantine awaiting the results of a coronavirus test. This is a precautionary measure. He will continue to work from home,’ his office noted.
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Republican Senator Rick Scott of Florida also said that he will self-quarantine after he met with the Brazil delegation, which included Wajngarten.
The encounter was the latest brush Trump has had with the coronavirus. An attendee at CPAC, the annual conservative conference that the president addressed at the end of February, tested positive for the virus.
The American Conservative Union, which sponsors the conference, was quick to say the person had no direct contact with Trump or Pence, who also spoke. But three lawmakers went into self-quarantine because they did and all had contact with the president: new White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Rep. Doug Collins and Rep. Matt Gaetz.
Gaetz was also at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night for the dinner and birthday party. Additionally, the Florida Republican flew back to Washington D.C. with the president on Air Force One on Monday.