President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he has been tested for coronavirus after being questioned about it Friday.
“I also took the test last night,” Trump said during a briefing at the White House. “And I decided I should, based on the press conference yesterday. People were asking, ‘Did I take the test?'”
Asked when test results would be returned, he said: “A day, two days. They send it to a lab.”
Trump also touted the bipartisan congressional funding package passed early Saturday and the rise in the stock markets following his Rose Garden address Friday afternoon.
“I was honored to see that the stock market, you were mostly there with us, set a record in a short period of time, over a 45-minute period that we had the press conference yesterday in the rose garden,” Trump said. “That was a record. All-time record. I think we should do one of them every day perhaps. How about five times a day? We’ll do one five times a day.”
He also announced that the White House is expanding its travel ban to passengers from the United Kingdom and Ireland, also hinting that relief for the airline and cruise industry would be coming soon.
The president was joined at the press event by Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Housing Secretary Ben Carson and health officials, including Seema Verma, Anthony Fauci, and Deborah Birx, who have been leading the administration’s response to the outbreak. Not present was Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, whose standing has been diminished in the wake of the outbreak.
“Secretary Azar was at the coronavirus task force meeting this morning. He’s back to work, and we will have a changing round-up of these presentations so we can get quickly to your questions,” Pence said in response to a question about the absence of the administration’s top health official. “But secretary Azar is doing a remarkable job, and working seven days a week for the American people and making a difference.”