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GOP senators not tested for coronavirus before lunch with Trump

GOP senators not tested for coronavirus before lunch with Trump
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GOP senators on Tuesday did not get tested for the coronavirus ahead of a closed-door lunch with President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE.

Asked if he was tested, Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyOn The Money: GOP cool to White House's .6T coronavirus price tag | Company layoffs mount as pandemic heads into fall | Initial jobless claims drop to 837,000 GOP cool to White House's .6T coronavirus price tag The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Republicans lawmakers rebuke Trump on election MORE (R-Ala.) said "no," before adding, "A test would be good for all of us, probably."

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP vows quick confirmation of Trump's Supreme Court pick amid coronavirus turmoil This week: Coronavirus complicates Senate's Supreme Court fight Schumer demands Senate coronavirus testing program after Trump diagnosis MORE (Mo.), a member of GOP leadership who walked with Trump out of the lunch, said that he was also not tested.

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"No," he said. "Nobody did."

Trump's decision to meet with Republicans at the Capitol on Tuesday sparked a myriad of coronavirus-related questions.

The White House is taking steps like routine temperature checks for those hoping to go into the White House complex and before meetings to try to limit the potential spread of the coronavirus.

The White House also announced last month that individuals in close proximity to Trump or Vice President Pence will be tested. The traveling group of reporters who came to the Capitol with Trump on Tuesday, for example, would have been tested for the coronavirus on Tuesday morning. 

Some senators who have visited the White House have also noted they've been tested as part of the visits.  

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But at the Capitol, staffers have been told to check their temperatures at home. Unlike reporters near Trump, reporters who are talking with lawmakers are not being routinely tested. And lawmakers were told last month that they would only be tested if they were symptomatic.

Restrictions on access to the Capitol remain in place through June 8, including a suspension of all tours. Senate Republicans have moved their lunch to a larger room, and suspended the buffet-style setup, to try to encourage social distancing.  

So far only one senator has been known to have been infected with the coronavirus: Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulMichigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 Top Democrats introduce resolution calling for mask mandate, testing program in Senate MORE (R-Ky.). But several have had to self-quarantine after being exposed to an individual infected with the virus.