White House doctor says Trump tested negative for COVID-19 on 'consecutive days' and is no longer 'infectious,' but doesn't specify when the tests were

Jonathan Ernst/ReutersPresident Donald Trump walks without a mask and carries an umbrella while boarding Air Force One as he departs Washington for travel to Florida, his first campaign trip since being treated for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, October 12, 2020
  • White House physician Sean Conley on Monday said President Donald Trump tested negative for COVID-19 on “consecutive days.”
  • Conley did not specify when Trump’s last negative test was prior to getting infected nor which consecutive days the president tested negative, but did say the president is no longer infectious.
  • The announcement came as Trump headed to Florida for his first campaign rally since being diagnosed with COVID-19.
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White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said in a memorandum on Monday that President Donald Trump tested negative for COVID-19 on “consecutive days.”

“The president is not infectious to others,” Conley said.

Conley did not specify when Trump’s last negative test was prior to getting infected, nor did he explicitly state which days the president consecutively tested negative. The Trump administration has consistently refused to answer when the president last tested negative before announcing his diagnosis in early October.

The memo was released on Monday evening shortly before Trump was set to hold a rally in Sanford, Florida, marking the president’s return to the campaign trail less than two weeks after he announced his COVID-19 diagnosis.

At least 35 people have been infected in the White House COVID-19 outbreak, including top aides to the president and First Lady Melania Trump.

The White House has faced bipartisan criticism in Washington over its lax approach to COVID-19 guidelines. The president routinely flouts public health recommendations, such as wearing a mask or face covering.

Prior to contracting COVID-19, which saw Trump hospitalized for several days, the president routinely downplayed the threat of the virus. Trump’s handling of the pandemic has been disastrous, and the US has the highest numbers of reported COVID-19 deaths and confirmed cases in the world. As of Monday evening, there have been nearly 7.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US and over 215,000 reported fatalities.

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