Brazilian official tests positive for COVID-19 after partying with Trump at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday
It has now been confirmed that President Trump and Vice President Pence were both in contact with a Brazilian official who tested positive for the coronavirus at Mar-a-Lago estate on Saturday.
Fabio Wajngarten is the spokesman for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and he had his diagnosis confirmed with a second positive test on Thursday.
According to the White House pool report, Trump "isn't concerned" and the last reports indicate he has refused to get tested.
This is an unusual response from Trump, because the Brazilian president is taking this seriously. According to Bloomberg News, he is holing himself up in his official residence and under constant medical observation.
“The presidential medical service is adopting all preventative measures to protect the health of the president and all those who accompanied him during a recent trip to the U.S.,” the statement read.
This marks yet another time that President Trump has been in the vicinity of someone infected, yet this time there was direct contact. The previous scare happened at CPAC 2020 and several prominent Republicans are being quarantined. Incoming Acting White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is one of them.
While Trump says he's unconcerned, that's not stopping him from shutting down all travel to Europe. The European Union expressed outrage at the announcement, feeling he personally blindsided them.
“The Coronavirus is a global crisis, not limited to any continent and it requires cooperation rather than unilateral action,” EU Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement. “The European Union disapproves of the fact that the U.S. decision to impose a travel ban was taken unilaterally and without consultation. The European Union is taking strong action to limit the spread of the virus.”
Trump is calling it a "foreign virus" and even blaming Europe by saying "a large number of new clusters in the United States were seeded by travelers from Europe."
Trump gave a rare, special address from the Oval Office on Wednesday night and his announcement did nothing to stop the rising fear either on Wall Street or with normal everyday folks. Today the Dow Jones industrial average dived more than 2,000 points so far, and a bear market is almost inevitable at this point.