President Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus a second time, according to a memo provided to media by White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.
“This morning, the President was tested again for COVID-19, utilizing a new rapid point-of-care test capability. He is healthy and without symptoms,” White House physician Sean Conley said in the memo distributed by Grisham.
The note, which was given to reporters early Thursday evening, said the commander-in-chief was tested that morning and received the results 15 minutes later.
“I did take a test. It just came out, this is from the White House physician,” Trump said at the briefing while holding up the memo. You may have it, just came out. I just took it this morning. And I took it, it took me literally a minute to take it and it took me — I guess it was 14 or 15 minutes (for results). I went to work, I didn’t wait for it, but it said it took 14 minutes or something with a conclusion and it said the President tested negative for COVID-19,” he told reporters during a briefing by the coronavirus task force.
Trump added that he had taken the test “really out of curiosity to see how quickly it worked, how fast it worked.” He emphasized, “It’s a lot easier. I’ve done them both and the second one is much more pleasant.”
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The President tested negative for the virus in mid-March after coming into contact with two individuals who had tested positive.
In addition, the White House announced last month that it would begin conducting temperature checks on people who come in close contact with President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.