President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19 last Thursday, October 1, but he did not reveal that information while waiting for the result of a more exhaustive test to confirm the virus, according to the New York newspaper The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), which quotes “people familiar with the matter.”
The US media reported that the president received the test result on Thursday night before appearing in an interview on Fox News, in which he did not reveal that information. However, if he reported that he underwent a test to rule out the disease with his wife Melania Trump, after confirm Hope Hicks contagion, one of his closest advisers.
“She tested positive, I just took a test and we’ll see what happens (…) but they know I spend a lot of time with Hope, just like the First Lady”, said to Fox News.
Around midnight Thursday, Trump confirmed that he and his wife tested positive for the new coronavirus, after the string CBS News report that the President of the United States had received a positive test result.
The WSJ notes that, according to White House protocols, the most comprehensive test for the virus, which includes taking a sample from the nostril, is applied only after a rapid positive test. Sources “familiar with the matter” told the media that the president followed that protocol.
The newspaper indicates that after learning the result of the first test, Trump asked an adviser not to reveal the information. “Do not tell anybody”Trump said, according to WSJ sources.
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