President Donald Trump confirmed this week that he does not have the coronavirus after about two weeks of daily testing.
But while Trump told reporters on Thursday that he has tested negative for the highly communicable virus, he revealed the results in an unusual way, as The Hill reported.
“Positively toward the negative”
“I tested very positively in another sense,” Trump said, according to The Hill. “I tested positively toward negative, right? So no, I tested perfectly this morning. Meaning I tested negative. But that’s a way of saying it. Positively toward the negative.”
The increased testing coincided with multiple confirmed coronavirus cases among those close to the White House. A Navy officer who served at the president’s personal valet tested positive earlier this month, The Hill reported separately.
“So, we test once a week,” Trump said, according to CNBC. “Now we’re going to go testing once a day. But even when you test once a day, somebody could — something happens where they catch something.”
He expressed similar misgivings about the tests following reports that Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, had also contracted the virus.
“Wonderful young woman — Katie, she tested positive, she hasn’t come in touch with me,” he said at the time, according to Fox News. “It’s the press person, tested positive out of the blue.”
Staving off the coronavirus
According to Vox, Trump went on to question the efficacy of such testing in general, citing the fact that Miller “tested very good for a long period of time, and then all of the sudden she tested positive.”
In addition to testing, Trump made headlines recently when he announced that he had been taking a combination of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine and zinc in an effort to stave off an infection.
The news sparked controversy among some on both sides of the aisle who warned of the possible health risks associated with taking the drug. Fox News contributor Dr. Janette Nesheiwat, however, applauded the measure as a “smart” move.
“You have to have a discussion with your doctor to decide if it is best for you,” she said, according to Fox. “It is not going to be good for everyone but it may be beneficial and potentially life-saving for others.”
There is still plenty of disagreement among medical experts regarding the best response to this unprecedented threat. As Trump leads the nation through this pandemic, though, Americans of all stripes are depending on him to act on the best information available.