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Trump tests negative for coronavirus

Donald Trump, Mike Pence with Brazilian guests
A photo posted to Instagram by Brazil’s presidential communications director, Fabio Wajngarten, shows him at far right, with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Brazilian entrepreneur Alvaro Garnero. (Fabio Wajngarten via Instagram)

President Donald Trump famously downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak at first, but now he’s been tested to see if he’s carrying the virus – and the results show he doesn’t have it.

The ups and downs of the past week illustrate how concerns about coronavirus are being taken more seriously in the White House as the outbreak’s spread has widened.

“I had my temperature taken coming into the room,” Trump told reporters today during a briefing in the White House press room. “I also took the test last night.”

Getting the president to take that test took a while.

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By Alan Boyle

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