U.S. president Donald Trump has made direct contact with several individuals who interacted with a … [+]
Topline: With at least five GOP lawmakers being exposed to an individual who tested positive for coronavirus, U.S. President Donald Trump has not been tested for the disease, the White House said Monday— despite Trump having had recent contact with several of the congressmen.
- With an attendee at last month’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland having tested positive for coronavirus, some Republican lawmakers who attended the event have gone into self-imposed quarantine after having contact with the infected individual.
- Trump has spent time and made direct physical contact with some of the congressmen since the political convention, though there is no evidence he met the man who tested positive for coronavirus.
- White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said testing the president would be unnecessary per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, as he is not showing any coronavirus symptoms and the lawmakers he has come into contact with have not tested positive.
- The president rode in a limousine and boarded Air Force One on Monday with Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who went into self-quarantine later that day after learning he came into contact with the infected individual— it came just days after Gaetz was criticized for making light of the coronavirus outbreak by donning a gas mask on the House floor.
- According to the World Health Organization, the incubation period for coronavirus is believed to be between a day and two weeks— with the most common timing to be around five days.
- In the U.S., at least 755 patients have tested positive for coronavirus, and 26 have died.
Crucial quote: “The President has not received [coronavirus] testing because he has neither had prolonged close contact with any known confirmed [coronavirus] patients, nor does he have any symptoms,” White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement Monday. “President Trump remains in excellent health, and his physician will continue to closely monitor him.”
Key background: Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Representative Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), along with three members of Gosar’s staff, entered self-imposed quarantines this week after an individual they came into contact with at a recent political conference tested positive for coronavirus.
According to The Hill, Trump shook hands with American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp at the conference— who several days prior shook hands with the coronavirus-positive attendee. Representative Doug Collins (R-Ga.) is another Republican lawmaker who entered quarantine this week. Trump shook hands with Collins Friday during his visit to the CDC. A fifth congressman, Representative Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) was informed over the weekend that he too came into close proximity with the infected individual, but has said he will not enter a quarantine after discussing it with a CDC physician.
Also choosing to quarantine themselves is the president’s new chief of staff Representative Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina), who came into contact with the same person as the other congressmen. While his office told The New York Times Meadows tested negative for coronavirus, he has chosen to isolate himself until Wednesday just in case.
Tangent: One Democratic lawmaker has announced she is self-quarantining after meeting someone who tested positive for coronavirus. Representative Julia Brownley (D-Cali.) will close her Washington D.C. office for the week, though her and her staff have not experienced any symptoms.