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Trump says first lady tested negative for coronavirus

Trump says first lady tested negative for coronavirus
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President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE said Monday that first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump bids farewell to Be Best in new video Garth Brooks, Joan Baez among this year's Kennedy Center honorees Melania Trump says she was 'disappointed and disheartened' watching Capitol riots MORE had tested negative for the novel coronavirus.

Trump answered in the affirmative when asked by a reporter at the White House whether the first lady had been tested for COVID-19 and said the test came back negative.

“She’s fine,” Trump told reporters in the White House briefing room Monday evening. “Negative, yes.” 

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Melania Trump is among a handful of individuals in the White House who have been tested for the virus.

Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceWhy the Senate should not rush an impeachment trial FBI: Capitol rioters claim officer told them, 'It's your house now' An attack on America that's divided Congress — and a nation MORE and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PencePence's adult daughter congratulates President-elect Biden Ilhan Omar says she won't get vaccine: 'People who need it most, should get it' White House testing czar says Trump should get vaccine to boost public confidence MORE both tested negative for the virus over the weekend, after a staffer in Pence’s office became the first known White House official to test positive. 

Trump also tested negative for coronavirus roughly a week ago, after coming in contact with two individuals at his Mar-a-Lago beach club in Palm Beach, Fla., the weekend prior who had since tested positive for the virus.

The president insisted he got tested because of persistent inquiries from the media about his contact with people who had tested positive; the White House physician said that the president did not need to be tested because his contact with the individuals was limited and he exhibited no symptoms. 

Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: What to expect for inauguration DC attorney general pushing to interview Trump Jr. Secret Service renting K a month apartment near Ivanka and Jared for bathrooms, office space: report MORE, the president’s daughter and a White House senior adviser, also tested negative for the virus last week after learning that an Australian official she met with in early March tested positive for COVID-19. She also worked from home for a week out of an abundance of caution, returning to her job at the White House on Friday.

Meanwhile, coronavirus has reached into the halls of Congress, with at least two confirmed cases in the House and one in the Senate after Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulMcConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Legislatures boost security after insurrection, FBI warnings Former Missouri senator says backing Hawley was 'worst mistake of my life' MORE (R-Ky.) revealed he tested positive on Sunday. A growing number of members of Congress have self-quarantined after coming in contact with officials who tested positive.