Despite CDC advisory, President Trump could not stop shaking people’s hands during his coronavirus address

Brian Cornell, Chairman and CEO of Target Corporation shakes hands with US President Donald Trump at a press conference on COVID-19, known as the coronavirus, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, March 13, 2020. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images
  • President Donald Trump just couldn’t stop shaking hands with prominent CEOs during a coronavirus press conference in the Rose Garden Friday.
  • Starting with Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, Trump shook hands with at least five people until he was later met with an elbow bump.
  • The CDC has advised Americans to avoid handshakes amid the coronavirus outbreak, and Trump has been exposed to people who have later tested positive for the virus or had close contact with others who have.
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President Donald Trump, a self-professed germaphobe, had no qualms shaking hands with various American CEOs during a coronavirus press conference in the Rose Garden on Friday.

The CDC has advised Americans to avoid shaking hands and bump elbows instead, but Trump nevertheless went for at least five handshakes during the address – even after all of the times he’s risked exposing himself to the coronavirus.

Trump kept going with the handshakes as onlookers lost their minds on Twitter.

Only upon the fifth try was Trump finally met with an elbow bump.

Later in the press conference, Trump was asked whether he had taken a test for the coronavirus.

He said he had not, despite repeated contact with world leaders and others who have either tested positive or been in close contact with those who have.