White House starts temperature checks of people around Trump, Pence; Trump tests negative

David Caplan
March 14, 2020 - 12:22 pm

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- President Donald Trump tested negative for coronavirus, the White House announced Saturday night, just hours after it announced that anyone who comes in contact with Trump or Vice President Mike Pence will have their temperature checked.


Earlier in the day, Trump said at a press conference, "I decided I should based on the press conference yesterday, people were asking if I took the test," Trump said. He said he would get the results in "a day or two days, whatever it takes, they sent it to a lab."

"Out of an abundance of caution, temperature checks are now being performed on any individuals who are in close contact with the President and Vice President," special assistant to the president Judd Deere said in a statement.

The statement was made after a man in a suit with a no-contact thermometer began checking the temperatures of reporters in the White House press briefing room and workspaces, according to the pool report. 

A man who appeared to be a journalist was blocked from entering the briefing room because his temperature was deemed too high. 

VP Press Secretary Katie Miller said the journalist's temperature was taken three times over a 15-minute period and that all three registered above the CDC's 100.4 guidelines.