US President Donald Trump is not expecting to be tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) despite possible exposure by multiple events last weekend in Florida.
The pronouncement comes as a senior Brazilian official tested positive for COVID-19 infection on Thursday, March 12.
Fábio Wajngarten, the communication director for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, was confirmed to have contracted the virus during his visit to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on an official three-day trip to the US.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was of the view that “exposures from the case are being assessed, which will dictate next steps.”
According to Grisham, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence reportedly “had almost no interactions with the individual who tested positive and do not require being tested at this time.”
This claim contradicts videos circulating on social media, which clearly show Wajngarten standing directly behind both presidents as they addressed a crowd.
Wajngarten also shared a photo with the two most powerful men in the US, contrary to claims they ‘never met’.
Bolsonaro’s communication office said that the presidency would adopt precautionary measures to ensure his health.
Interestingly, during his visit to Florida, the Brazilian President called the coronavirus outbreak a ‘fantasy’.
“During the past year, obviously, we have had moments of crisis. A lot of that is fantasy. And coronavirus, which is not [what] all the mainstream media makes it out to be,” he said.