Second Mar-a-Lago guest tests positive for coronavirus
A second person who was with President Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida this past weekend has tested positive for COVID-19, the diseased caused by the novel coronavirus.
Republican officials said that a guest at a fundraiser at the Florida resort who attended a luncheon with Trump later tested positive for the coronavirus infection. The news came after a Brazilian official who met with Trump also tested positive.
“As you may have had contact with this individual, please contact your medical provider if you or any of your loved ones is ill” or shows other symptoms, donors were told, according to a copy of a message obtained by The Washington Post.
Trump has sought to downplay the interaction with the press aide to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, even after photographs emerged of the two in close proximity to each other and shaking hands.
“That night, I was taking hundreds of pictures,” Trump said during an earlier exchange with a reporter about the matter.
However, Trump reversed course during remarks at the White House Friday, saying he would be tested.
“Most likely, yes,” Trump told a reporter during an exchange about his recent contact with the Brazilian official. “Not for that reason, but because I think I will do it anyway.
“Fairly soon, we’re working out a schedule,” he added.
The news came as Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced that they had struck a deal for a stimulus package to blunt the economic impacts of the coronavirus, which has killed over 40 people in the U.S., shuttered schools and canceled major sporting events.
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