- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive Friday for coronavirus according to local reports
- President Trump will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. on Friday at the White House on the coronavirus
- He will declare a national emergency, which makes more federal funds available
- Bolsonaro is being tested for the disease after his press secretary Fabio Wajngarten tested positive for it
- Bolsonaro, Wajngarten, and staffers were guests at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend
- Weingarten posed for a photo on Saturday with Trump and Vice President Pence
- Trump downplayed concerns
- White House said the first family would not go into quarantine
- Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said he would self-quarantine and be tested for the virus after being at Mar-a-Lago this weekend
- Senator Rick Scott of Florida also met Brazil delegation in Miami earlier this week
- Scott says he will self-quarantine ‘out of an abundance of caution’
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who dined with President Donald Trump on Saturday at Mar-a-Lago, tested positive for coronavirus, according to local reports.
Trump, who shook hands with his Brazilian counterpart at that meal, has not gone into voluntary self-quarantine, despite CDC guidelines describing someone in his situation as ‘medium risk’ for infection.
Instead, the president announced he would hold a press conference at 3 p.m. on Friday at the White House on the coronavirus. There he will declare a national emergency, Bloomberg News reported, which would open the door to more federal aid for states and cities.
Trump opened the door to such a move Thursday.
‘We have things I can do,’ he said at the White House.
The move comes following reports of Bolsonaro’s testing. One of the major newspapers in Rio de Janeiro, Journal O Dia, noted The Guardian’s Tom Phillips, reported the news of Bolsonaro’s positive test.
Bolsonaro, 64, was checked for the disease after his aide Fabio Wajngarten tested positive for it. The results of a second test on the Brazilian president are expected to be known on Friday. The entire plane containing the Brazilian delegation to America is reported to be contaminated.
On Thursday, Trump brushed aside concerns about his encounter with the Brazilians – the latest in a series of brushes the president has had with the highly-contagious disease.
Both Bolsonaro and Wajngarten, his press secretary, were at the Winter White House Saturday night. Weingarten had his photo take with President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
Trump and the first family have resisted going into self-quarantine despite other lawmakers who came into contact with those testing positive for the disease going into voluntary isolation.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends testing if you ‘have been in close contact with a person known to have’ the virus. The agency defines close contact as ‘being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time.’ Also, according to CDC guidelines, the president would be considered ‘medium’ risk for exposure.
Otherworld leaders are self-quarantining. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is involuntary 14-day quarantine after his wife, Sophie, tested positive for the disease.
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro during a dinner at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night; Bolsonaro has tested positive for coronavirus
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is pictured with his son Eduardo Bolsonaro (center) and an adviser, inside Alvorada Palace in Brasilia
From left: Vice President Mike Pence, President Donald Trump, and Fabio Wajngarten, the communications secretary for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. The three men posed for a photo on Saturday at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro is seen at the Alvorada Palace, after reports of the coronavirus, accompanied by a man in a surgical mask
Several members of the first family were at the Winter White House Saturday night where there was a birthday party for Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr., in addition to the working dinner for the Brazilian delegation.
One of those was Ivanka Trump, who, it was revealed late Thursday, had another brush with the disease.
She and Attorney General Bill Barr posed for a photograph with Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton on March 5 – days before he tested positive for coronavirus.
They were meeting as part of a meeting between officials from the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.S. The next day, Ivanka Trump attended the dinner at Mar-a-Lago with her father and Bolsonaro.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert at the National Institutes of Health, said he would ‘likely’ have been tested after coming if he had come into contact with Bolsonaro’s aide who tested positive for the coronavirus.
‘It depends on the circumstances,’ he added.
Weingarten, the Bolsonaro aide who was at Mar-a-Lago for Saturday’s dinner and the birthday party, tested positive for the virus, setting off a chain of events on Thursday, including a test for his boss. Brazil has at least 73 confirmed cases of coronavirus and zero deaths thus far.
The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald reported on Thursday that Bolsonaro took two tests: ‘The result should be ready. But the presidential palace is now saying the result will only be released Friday, which likely means he had a second test, and that one takes longer,’ he wrote on Twitter.
Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo, who was also at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night, tweeted on Friday that there were ‘too many lies’ in the media and claimed the testing wasn’t complete.
‘Too many lies and little information. Coronavirus exam done with the team that was with JB in the USA have not yet been completed There are always those people who tell lies in the media and if the story is confirmed they say “I told you!” if not will be just 1 more fake news,’ he wrote.
Meanwhile, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Thursday he would self-quarantine and be tested for the virus. The South Carolina senator was at Mar-a-Lago this weekend. He also met with an Australian official in his Washington D.C. office on March 5.
‘Senator Graham was at Mar-a-Lago last weekend. He has no recollection of direct contact with the President of Brazil, who is awaiting results of a coronavirus test, or his spokesman who tested positive,’ Graham’s office said in a statement.
‘However, in an abundance of caution and upon the advice of his doctor, Senator Graham has decided to self-quarantine awaiting the results of a coronavirus test. This is a precautionary measure. He will continue to work from home,’ his office noted.
Republican Senator Rick Scott of Florida also said that he will self-quarantine after he met with the Brazil delegation, which included Wajngarten.
‘While I do not believe I interacted with the infected person, that individual was in the same room as me,’ Scott said. He said he was self-quarantining out of ‘an abundance of caution’ and would work from home.
President Trump, who was photographed standing next to Wajngartenn and Vice President Mike Pence at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night, said Thursday he was ‘not concerned’ about possibly contracting the virus.
‘Let’s put it this way: I’m not concerned,’ Trump told reporters Thursday while meeting with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office.
‘We did nothing very unusual. We sat next to each other for a period of time,’ the president noted.
MARCH 5: Ivanka Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr posed with Australian minister Peter Dutton (right) at the White House. Dutton has since tested positive for the virus
The president hosted his Brazilian counterpart, Bolsonaro (right), for a working dinner at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Vice President Mike Pence, President Donald Trump, and Fabio Wajngarten pose with ‘Make Brazil Great Again’ caps
MARCH 7: Trump, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro with President Trump, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, and Ivanka Trump at a working dinner at Mar-a-Lago
Dr. Anthony Fauci said hypothetically he would consider getting tested if he had come into contact with one of the Brazilians who tested positive for coronavirus
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro joined President Trump in toasting Kimberly Guilfoyle at her birthday party at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night
The head table of Don Jr, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Eric Trump, Lara Trump, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner at Guilfoyle’s birthday bash
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham addressed the situation before reports of Bolsonaro’s test.
‘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; confirmatory testing is pending. 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,’ she said, referring to Wajngarten.
‘As stated before, the White House Medical Unit and the United States Secret Service has been working closely with various agencies to ensure every precaution is taken to keep the First & Second Families, and all White House staff healthy,’ she noted.
‘To reiterate CDC guidelines, there is currently no indication to test patients without symptoms, and only people with prolonged close exposure to confirmed positive cases should self-quarantine,’ Grisham said. ‘We are monitoring the situation closely and will update everyone as we get more information.’
Weingarten accompanied his boss on the Florida visit, which included meetings with officials and the dinner at Mar-a-Lago.
The encounter was the latest brush Trump has had with the coronavirus. An attendee at CPAC, the annual conservative conference that the president addressed at the end of February, tested positive for the virus.
The American Conservative Union, which sponsors the conference, was quick to say the person had no direct contact with Trump or Pence, who also spoke. But three lawmakers went into self-quarantine because they did and all had contact with the president: new White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Rep. Doug Collins and Rep. Matt Gaetz.
Gaetz was also at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night for the dinner and birthday party. Additionally, the Florida Republican flew back to Washington D.C. with the president on Air Force One on Monday.
The president has not been tested for the coronavirus, according to the White House.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ’s wife Sophie Trudeau, 44, has tested positive for coronavirus Thursday evening, a day after she was reported mild flu-like symptoms and a low fever. She is pictured in London last Tuesday, March 3 at the WE Day UK charity event and concert
Justin Trudeau, 48, is ‘in good health’ has no symptoms but will be in isolation for 14 days, and will continue to work and conduct his duties remotely, according to the statement. The couple pictured above in December 2019
Sen. Lindsey Graham – with Kimberly Guilfoyle – speaking to dinner guests at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday night; Graham said he would self-quarantine and be tested for the virus
Senator Rick Scott, the Republican from Florida, is seen shaking hands with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at an event in Miami on Monday. Scott announced on Thursday that he will self-quarantine out of an abundance of caution
Fabio Wajngarten was at the dinner and birthday party at Mar-a-Lago Saturday night
A columnist for the newspaper, Monica Bergamo, said Wajngarten was tested for coronavirus at the Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo on Wednesday.
His test result was positive, multiple news outlets reported.
In the photo he posted on Instagram from the Saturday night events at Mar-a-Lago, Wajngarten is standing next to Trump wearing a ‘Make Brazil great again’ cap.
Vice President Mike Pence was next to Trump.
In addition to the working dinner at Mar-a-Lago, there was a birthday party for Guilfoyle, attended by several members of the first family and many Trump allies.
Spotted at the lavish bash: Donald Trump Jr., her boyfriend of almost two years; Eric Trump and his wife Lara Trump; Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner; Tiffany Trump; Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney; Republican Senator Lindsey Graham; and Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson was also there as was National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien; Senator Rand Paul’s Deputy Chief of Staff Sergio Gor, Fox News’ Jesse Watters and his wife Emma Watters; and new acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell.
As of Thursday afternoon, there have been more than 1,360 reported cases of coronavirus in the United States. At least 39 people have died.
An attendee at the 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference has tested positive for the coronavirus. The event included speeches from Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Trump is pictured during his appearance at CPAC on February 29
Congressman Matt Gaetz, who announced he was exposed to Coronavirus, departing off Air Force One on Monday
Rep. Matt Gaetz, center, was spotted at a party at Mar-a-Lago Saturday night where President Trump and several members of the first family were present
The number of coronavirus cases has increased geometrically since last month
Last month, Trump said he was not concerned about contracting the virus after a man in his 50s who attended the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference that began on February 26.
The American Conservative Union, the organization that runs CPAC, insisted the patient had no contact with either Trump or Pence at the conservative gathering in National Harbor, Maryland.
‘A New Jersey hospital tested the person, and CDC confirmed the positive result,’ the ACU said.
‘The individual is under the care of medical professionals in the state of New Jersey, and has been quarantined.’
The attendee did not listen to any speeches in the main hall, the ACU confirmed.
Several senior White House officials attended the event, including White House adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump, White House senior counselor Jared Kushner, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway and the former acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.Trump addresses US on coronavirus, announces European travel ban
Rudy Giuliani posed with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday
Donald Trump Jr spoke at CPAC and his spokesperson told DailyMail.com that the first son did not come in contact with the person infected with coronavirus
White House counselors Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump also spoke at CPAC
Donald Trump Jr was also there as were several members of the president’s cabinet including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Health and Human Service Secretary Alex Azar, Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement to reporters that precautions were being taken although she did not offer specifics.
‘The White House is aware of individual testing positive for coronavirus after attending the CPAC conference that took place nearly two weeks ago. At this time, there is no indication that either President Trump or Vice President Pence met with or were in close proximity to the attendee.
‘The president’s physician and the United States Secret Service have been working closely with White House staff and various agencies to ensure every precaution is taken to keep the first family and the entire White House complex safe and healthy,’ she said.’
Donald Trump Jr did not come into contact with the individual at CPAC, a spokesman said.
‘It has been confirmed that Don did not come into contact with the individual that tested positive,’ said a spokesman for the president’s son told DailyMail.com.
The American Conservative Union said in a statement the patient had no contact with either Trump or Pence at the conservative gathering in National Harbor, Maryland
Alan Berger, a 55-year-old gynecologist who works for NYU Langone Health, volunteered to isolate himself and is no longer seeing patients, the facility confirmed in a statement.
Authorities have not commented on suggestions Berger is the ‘patient zero’ who interacted with Cruz and Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the American Conservative Union, at CPAC.
The CPAC patient was described as a 55-year-old man who was recovering in New Jersey; Dr. Berger is a 55-year-old man who has self-isolated in New Jersey.
Self-isolating: NYU Langone hospital says Dr. Alan Berger, an obstetrician/gynecologist who also attended CPAC last month, has voluntarily self-quarantined. It did not say if he has tested positive for coronavirus
Self-quarantine: Texas senator Ted Cruz said he was staying at home after shaking hands with someone at the CPAC conservative conferenceCPAC attendee tests positive for coronavirus
New Jersey authorities have confirmed that a 55-year-old man from Englewood was quarantined for a presumptive positive attended CPAC. He was in stable condition and has been hospitalized since March 4,
The Englewood man attended services at a temple in New Rochelle, New York, according to New Jersey commissioner of health Judith Persichille.
Schlapp shook hands with the president and mingled with Ivanka Trump, Lara Trump and Jared Kushner during the event in Washington, D.C,’s Maryland suburbs but says he’s ‘healthy as a horse’ and has urged attendees not to panic.
Cruz, however, announced last Sunday: ‘Last night, I was informed that 10 days ago at CPAC I briefly interacted with an individual who is currently symptomatic and has tested positive for COVID-19.
‘That interaction consisted of a brief conversation and a handshake.’
It was later announced that a second lawmaker, Arizona Republican Paul Gosar, and three members of his staff had also gone into quarantine following ‘contact at CPAC with a person who has since been hospitalized with the Wuhan Virus.’