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NEGATIVE: Trump confirmed not to have coronavirus despite recent contacts with infected Brazilian officials

NEGATIVE: Trump confirmed not to have coronavirus despite recent contacts with infected Brazilian officials
US President Donald Trump’s test for Covid-19, which he took after being in contact with at least two Brazilian officials who had the virus, has come back negative, the White House announced.

“Last night after an in-depth discussion with the president regarding Covid-19 testing, he elected to proceed. This evening I received confirmation that the test is negative,” the statement put out by Trump’s physician, Sean P. Conley, read.

While initially brushing off concerns about him potentially contracting the deadly virus at the reception he hosted for a Brazilian delegation at Mar-a-Lago, Trump acquiesced, telling a news conference on Saturday that he had taken the test.

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Pressure for Trump to undergo testing for Covid-19 – a flu-like virus that is now ravaging Europe and America after the outbreak wound down in China – has been mounting since it became known that three Brazilian officials all tested positive for the virus. They were ambassador to the US, Nestor Forster; Senator Nelsinho Trad; and Fabio Wajngarten, the press secretary for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

All three were present at the meeting with Trump that took place over the past weekend in his Florida residence.

On Friday, Trump’s Brazilian counterpart, Bolsonaro, announced that he had also tested negative for the virus amid reports that a growing number of the Latin American country’s officials were not so lucky as to dodge the disease.

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The all-clear given to Trump by the White House medical staff has failed to persuade the #Resistance on Twitter, members of which wasted no time in casting doubt on the statement, with some going as far as to suggest that Trump had never taken the test.

Trump’s supporters, however, used the occasion to tear into mainstream media for fanning Covid-19 hysteria and defaming the US leader by “spreading disgusting rumors” about his health.

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