As of now the White House has said that there are no plans to test either the president, of the vice-president for the coronavirus, despite both of them having been exposed to a member of the Brazilian president’s staff who tested positive for the disease.
According to reports, Bolsonaro’s communication secretary tested positive on Wednesday after showing flu-like symptoms. The Brazilian president and his secretary recently returned from Florida, where they met with President Trump to discuss a number of issues. President Trump has said he’s not worried over those reports.
“Let’s put it this way: I am not concerned,” he said.
President Trump has said he wasn’t sure if the aide was at the meeting, but noted he had a great conversation with Bolsonaro.
“We sat next to each other for a period of time, had a great conversation,” he said. “He’s doing a terrific job in Brazil.”
The Brazilian president, along with other members of his delegation, are reportedly being monitored and tested. White House officials confirmed President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence had almost no interactions with the secretary and do not currently require testing.
Stephanie Grisham, White House Press Secretary, released a statement saying, “The White House is aware of public reports that a member of the Brazilian delegation’s visit to Mar-a-Lago last weekend tested positive for COVID-19. Exposures from the case are being assessed, which will dictate next steps. Both the president and vice president had almost no interactions with the individual who tested positive and do not require being tested at this time.”