White House officials announced late Monday that president Donald Trump has not been tested because he has neither had prolonged close contact with any known confirmed COVID-19 patients, nor does he have any symptoms.
“The President has not received COVID-19 testing because he has neither had prolonged close contact with any known confirmed COVID-19 patients, nor does he have any symptoms. President Trump remains in excellent health, and his physician will continue to closely monitor him,” said White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, late monday.
“Per current CDC guidelines, medical professionals should base testing decisions on patient symptoms and exposure history.”
The statement was issued after Vice President Mike Pence said during his briefing at the White House that he was not tested and didn’t know whether or not the president was tested.
“I’ve had no recommendation that I will be tested,” Pence said
“I really don’t know the answer to the question, but we’ll refer that question and we will get you an answer from the White House physician very quickly.”
Two Republican members of Congress, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins and Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, recently announced they would self-quarantine after were in close proximity to someone at a conservative conference, who has since been diagnosed with the coronavirus.
According to CNN, Collins shook hands with Donald Trump during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday. And Gaetz rode in the presidential limousine before riding on Air Force One with the President on Monday.