Trump Says he Received Coronavirus Test

Headline Roundup March 14th, 2020

President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he has been tested for the coronavirus, with results still pending. Speaking to reporters during a press conference on the outbreak at the White House, Trump said he had taken the test the night before after being pressured by the media and others, many of whom argued the precaution was necessary given the Republican's recent contact with two people who have since tested positive for the virus.

Coverage of the news was mostly straightforward, though some left-leaning outlets suggested the test should have come sooner.

From the Left

President Donald Trump said he has been tested for coronavirus, a precaution taken after he was in physical contact with people who have since tested positive for the virus.

During a Saturday press conference, Trump said he was tested on Friday after pressure from the media and others who said he should.

Despite days of White House denials that he didn’t need to be tested because he wasn’t exposed for long periods of time — including in a memo from his physician — it seems either Trump or his medical...

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From the Center

President Trump told reporters on Saturday that he took a test for COVID-19 on Friday night and the test is currently pending in a lab.

Why it matters: The president was exposed to multiple people who have tested positive for the virus.

The president has come in contact with at least two individuals who later tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a memo shared close to midnight on Friday by Sean Conley, the president's physician.

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From the Right

President Trump announced he tested for the coronavirus on Friday night and is awaiting results.

As the White House Coronavirus Task Force gave a press conference on Saturday, Trump told reporters that he decided to take the test in response to Friday's press conference where the president declared a state of national emergency.

"By the way, I had my temperature taken coming into the room," Trump prefaced his statement to reporters. "I also took the test last night. And I decided I should based on the press conference yesterday."

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