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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 TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum MORE said Monday that first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats await Manchin decision on voting rights bill Biden plans to host Obama for portrait unveiling that Trump skipped: report Jill Biden, Kate Middleton visit school together in first meeting 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 PenceOn The Money: Biden to fire FHFA director after Supreme Court removes restriction | Yellen pleads with Congress to raise debt ceiling Biden to fire FHFA director after Supreme Court removes restriction If you care about the US, root for China to score a win in space MORE and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PencePence buys .9M home in Indiana There is no pandemic recovery plan without the arts and culture Karen Pence confirms move back to Indiana: 'No place like home' 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 TrumpIvanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN NYC voters set to decide Vance's replacement amid Trump probe Ukraine sanctions two businessmen tied to Giuliani 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 PaulPoll: 58 percent say Fauci should not resign Fauci says he puts 'very little weight in the craziness of condemning me' Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior 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.