DONALD Trump confirmed on Saturday he has taken a test for the coronavirus and is awaiting the results.
The president was tested for COVID-9 on Friday evening, he confirmed during a White House press conference.
I also took the test last night,” he told reporters Saturday, even though Trump’s doctor said he did not need to.
He said the test was sent to a lab and he is awaiting results, which he should receive within days.
The president also said his temperature had been taken before he entered the White House briefing room. He said it was normal. Other members of the coronavirus task force had their temperatures taken, as did members of the press.
The White House doctor said Friday Trump did not need to be tested for COVID-19 – even though he has come into contact with multiple people who are confirmed to have the deadly coronavirus.
Although the President was tested, Vice President Mike Pence told reporters Saturday he and his wife have not been.
The Vice President said the White House physician declared neither Pence nor his wife have had symptoms of the virus, and have not had contact with people “that would necessitate testing.”
He said that he would speak with officials regarding potential testing after the press conference.
Mrs Pence and I would be more than happy to be tested,” he said.
Trump’s comments that he would be tested came Friday as he declared a national emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at the White House’s Rose Garden.
When speaking with reporters, Trump said people should “listen to their doctors” and “shouldn’t be jumping to get the test unless it’s necessary” when questioned about the fact that he came into direct or close contact with multiple people who are confirmed to have the virus.
“I think they have to listen to their doctors, and I think they shouldn’t be jumping to get the test unless it’s necessary,” Trump said.
Culled from TheSun UK