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Trump says exams are ‘overrated,’ however will get examined every day


U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as Vice President Mike Pence seems on throughout a gathering with Texas Governor Greg Abbott about coronavirus illness (COVID-19) response within the Oval Workplace on the White Home in Washington, U.S., Might 7, 2020.

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President Donald Trump mentioned Thursday that testing for the coronavirus is “considerably overrated” shortly after saying that he can be examined for the illness each single day.

Day by day exams will even be performed for “everybody that comes into contact with the president,” Vice President Mike Pence added to reporters on the White Home.

The brand new every day testing coverage for the president and people in his circle comes hours after the White Home acknowledged {that a} private valet for Trump examined optimistic for Covid-19.

Trump and Pence have since been retested after coming into contact with the valet, who amongst issues serves the president’s meals.

Each Trump and Pence examined unfavorable for the coronavirus, the White Home mentioned.

“I’ve had little or no private contact with this gentleman,” Trump mentioned within the Oval Workplace alongside Pence. “I do know who he’s, good particular person, however I’ve had little or no contact.” 

Trump touted the standard and amount of U.S. exams, which well being specialists say is a vital part of the U.S. response to the pandemic.

“However I’ve at all times mentioned testing is considerably overrated,” Trump added. “As a result of what occurs after any person takes a take a look at, what is going on on there?”

Trump had critiqued the concept of testing as an efficient software in opposition to the virus earlier in his remarks. “We had been testing as soon as every week, now we’ll go testing as soon as a day, however even if you take a look at as soon as a day, somebody may, one thing occurs the place they catch one thing,” Trump mentioned.

“What occurs in between if you acquired examined, and simply a few days later?”

Pence mentioned within the Oval Workplace that, “because the president indicated, the White Home now has initiated an effort that the president and I not solely can be examined every single day, however I feel everybody that comes into contact with the president can be examined every single day.”

— CNBC’s Christina Wilkie contributed reporting.


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