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Doctor says President Trump has tested negative for coronavirus

The president had held out on testing for days, despite his interactions with at least three people who have since tested positive.

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President Donald Trump takes questions during briefing on coronavirus (Alex Brandon/AP)

President Donald Trump takes questions during briefing on coronavirus (Alex Brandon/AP)

President Donald Trump takes questions during briefing on coronavirus (Alex Brandon/AP)

President Donald Trump has tested negative for coronavirus, according to his personal physician.

The White House released the test results on Saturday night after President Trump told reporters hours earlier that he had taken the coronavirus test, following days of resisting being screened despite the fact that he had been in recent contact with three people who have tested positive for the virus.

President Trump told reporters at a White House briefing on Saturday that he had his temperature taken and it was “totally normal”, shortly before stepping into the room to discuss the government’s efforts to halt the spread of the virus.

The pandemic has now infected more than 2,200 people in the US and caused at least 50 deaths.

The president had multiple direct and indirect contacts with people who have since tested positive for the virus, including three people he spent time with last weekend at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

The Brazilian Embassy in Washington said late on Friday that the country’s charge d’affaires, Nestor Forster, tested positive after sitting at Trump’s dinner table.

President Trump, after days of insisting that he was not exhibiting symptoms of the virus, relented after being pressed by reporters about his resistance to testing when multiple politicians and countless citizens across the country who have had the same degree of exposure have not only tried to get tested, but also chosen to try to avoid potentially infecting others.

PA