(USA Features) President Donald Trump again downplayed the limited coronavirus outbreak on Tuesday as did the White House physician, who said he saw “no reason” to test the president for it.
“It’s not a big deal to get tested,” Trump told reporters.
“I don’t think it’s a big deal. I would do it. I don’t feel that — any reason. I feel extremely good; I feel very good. But I guess it’s not a big deal to get tested and it’s something I would do,” he added.
“But again, spoke to the White House doctor — terrific guy, talented guy — he said he sees no reason to do it. There’s no symptoms, no anything.”
Trump added, “If there were, you people would be the first to know it, and you would maybe even tell me about it.”
The president also urged everyone to remain calm.
“It hit the world and we’re prepared and we’re doing a great job with it and it will go away, just stay calm,” he said, adding, “Everybody has to be vigilant and has to be careful but be calm, it’s really working out, and a lot of good things are going to happen.”
Monday evening, Vice President Mike Pence confirmed to reporters that neither he nor the president had been tested for the COVID-19 virus, which White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham later confirmed in a statement.
“The President has not received COVID-19 testing because he has neither had prolonged close contact with any known confirmed COVID-19 patients, nor does he have any symptoms,” Grisham said in a statement. “President Trump remains in excellent health, and his physician will continue to closely monitor him.”
By a wide margin, most of the world’s coronavirus victims — more than 81,000 — are in China, where the outbreak originated. Most of the deaths — more than 3,100 — are also there.