Following persistent questioning by the media after reports of his potential exposure to the new coronavirus, President Donald Trump confirmed a little more than a week ago that he had tested negative for COVID-19.
Now the president has revealed that first lady Melania Trump also tested negative for the virus and is doing “fine,” The Hill reported.
First lady is “fine,” tested “negative”
The question of the first lady’s health status came up near the end of President Trump’s Monday coronavirus task force briefing at the White House.
A reporter asked, “Both you and the Vice President have been tested for the virus, also Mrs. Pence. Has the First Lady been tested?”
“Yes,” Trump replied. “She’s great. She’s fine.” When pressed, he added that she had tested “negative.”
Later on Monday, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham confirmed to CNN, “Mrs. Trump got tested the same night as the President was tested, out of an abundance of caution. The test was negative.”
Trump tested after possible exposure
The Hill noted that President Trump had been tested for the coronavirus after having reportedly been in contact about a week prior to that with individuals at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida who later tested positive for COVID-19.
At the time he had announced his own test results, Trump made it clear that he had only received the test in order to quell the media inquiries about it. He explained that, as per his White House physician, it was believed that a test wasn’t necessary since his exposure to the infected individuals had been minimal and he had shown no symptoms of illness.
Ivanka Trump, Pences test negative
Meanwhile, the president’s eldest daughter Ivanka Trump, who also serves as a White House adviser, also reportedly tested negative for the virus last week after being in contact earlier with Australian officials who later tested positive. As a precautionary measure, she had isolated herself and worked from home for a period of time before returning to the White House on Friday.
Similarly, as noted by the reporter, Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence were also tested negative for the virus over the weekend following reports of a low-level staffer in Pence’s office testing positive days earlier.
Good news for the White House
This is great news about the health and well-being of the Trump and Pence families.
Hopefully, the precautions being taken by the White House to guard against the spread of the new virus will continue to prove effective at keeping everyone in and around the president and first lady healthy and safe.