President Donald Trump was on Saturday tested for the coronavirus following his recent exposure to two Brazilian officials who later tested positive for the virus.
Trump told reporters his temperature was “totally normal” during a Saturday news conference. He said he took the test last night, and the results would take a “few days” while it was sent to a lab.
Before the news conference, a staff member from the White House physician’s office took the temperature of all of the reporters and television crew members with a handheld contact-less thermometer.
“Out of an abundance of caution, temperature checks are now being performed on any individuals who are in close contact with the President and Vice President,” said White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere.
One reporter whose temperature was too high was escorted out by staff. Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller said the White House Medical Unit took the person’s temperature three times over a 15-minute period and that “all three registered above the @CDCgov 100.4 guidelines.”
Asked why he was still shaking hands with people, Trump said, “it becomes a habit and it’s hard to get out of that habit,” but “possibly that something that comes out of this, maybe people shouldn’t be shaking hands in the long term.”