Trump postpones CDC visit

President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE's planned visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta has been postponed for the time being in part because the president said an individual there was briefly thought to have contracted the coronavirus.

The president had been scheduled to visit the CDC on Friday after visiting tornado-stricken areas of Nashville, but the trip was taken off the president's travel agenda late on Thursday.

“The President is no longer traveling to Atlanta today,” a White House official told The Hill. “The CDC has been proactive and prepared since the very beginning and the President does not want to interfere with the CDC’s mission to protect the health and welfare of their people and the agency.”


Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is scheduled to visit the CDC on Friday. 

Speaking to reporters at the White House before leaving for Tennessee, Trump said someone at the CDC was suspected of having the coronavirus. The individual tested negative for the virus, he said, suggesting he may still make the trip.

The administration has lauded its efforts in fighting the coronavirus, which was infected almost 100,000 people worldwide. There have been over 200 confirmed cases in the U.S. with 12 deaths.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) announced that the state had diagnosed two people with the virus earlier this week.

The CDC has faced intense criticism for its handling of test kits, which health experts say has delayed the ability to quickly and accurately diagnose how widespread the virus is across the U.S.

Trump on Friday morning signed an $8.3 billion emergency aid package aimed at fighting the virus, and the White House has warned Americans to not travel to Italy and South Korea, both of which have been hit hard by new outbreaks of the virus.

Morgan Chalfant and Brett Samuels contributed to this report which was updated at 8:06 a.m.