Trump says first lady tested negative for coronavirus

Trump says first lady tested negative for coronavirus
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves MORE said Monday that first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump urges Americans to wear face coverings in public Trump again tests negative for coronavirus Melania Trump speaks with Canada's first lady following her coronavirus recovery 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 PenceSocial distancing works, but resistance prompts worries of growing crisis White House: Anyone 'in close proximity' to Trump or Pence will be tested for coronavirus Watch live: Coronavirus task force holds press briefing MORE and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceWhite House: Anyone 'in close proximity' to Trump or Pence will be tested for coronavirus UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus Trump says first lady tested negative for coronavirus 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 TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpOvernight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill On The Money: Economy sheds 701K jobs in March | Why unemployment checks could take weeks | Confusion surrounds 9B in small-business loans Bank executives sought guidance on small business loan program from Ivanka Trump: 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 PaulGeorgia governor says he didn't know asymptomatic people could spread coronavirus McConnell: Impeachment distracted government from coronavirus threat Warren knocks McConnell for forcing in-person Senate vote amid coronavirus pandemic 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.