Earlier today, in between attacks by the media, President Trump announced that he had been tested for coronavirus.
During the briefing, President Trump informed the media he had his temperature taken today. NBC News White House Correspondent Kelly O’Donnell immediately interrupted him, blurting out, “So did we.” Trump acknowledged her statement, saying, “You did? Good.” In an effort to keep the press conference from turning into a panic situation, Trump quipped, “Let’s compare. You wanna compare?” O’Donnell was having none of it, as she was clearly there to attack President Trump and do her best to make him look incompetent.
President Trump explained to the press pool that he had a coronavirus test taken last night. “When will we know the result, Mr. President?” O’Donnell asked, interrupting him again. President Trump graciously responded to her, “I don’t know, whatever it takes, a day or two days, whatever it is. They send it to a lab.” O’Donnell again, aggressively interrupted without being called upon, saying,” Mr. President, respectfully, you’ve been sending mixed messages.” Immediately, O’Donnell accused him of shaking hands with people in front of the media, and then interrupted him to ask if his priorities have changed? “No,” President Trump responded to O’Donnell, “This has been urgent from me right from the beginning. You know that because I closed up our country to China.” O’Donnell dismissed Trump’s early intervention to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in the U.S. and instead, interrupted him, asking, “But why are you shaking hands, sir?” President Trump attempted to explain how it’s hard to get out of the habit of shaking hands when you do it so much in the political arena. For what seemed like the umpteenth time, O’Donnell interrupted him as Trump tried to give a more in-depth explanation. “You’re giving mixed messages, sir,” O’Donnell exclaimed. “Just wait a minute. Wait a minute. Just take it easy. Relax?” Trump responded as the pitbull reporter smirked.
Trump finally has been tested for coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/QkhKpWz07z
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) March 14, 2020
AP is now reporting that President Donald Trump has tested negative for the new coronavirus, according to the president’s personal physician.
The White House released the test results Saturday night after Trump told reporters hours earlier that he had taken the coronavirus test, following days of resisting being screened despite the fact that he had been in recent contact with three people who have tested positive for the virus, including members of the Brazilian president’s delegation who visited with him at his Florida resort.
“One week after having dinner with the Brazilian delegation in Mar-a-Lago, the President remains symptom-free,” Sean Conley, the president’s physician, said in a memo.