The last time Trump said he tested negative for COVID-19 was in May, and the White House refuses to say if he's tested negative since
President Donald Trump on June 5th. Nicholas Comb / Getty
The White House has repeatedly refused to disclose when President Donald Trump last tested negative for COVID-19.
The last time Trump or anyone in the White House said on the file that the president tested negative was May 21.
It is unclear how many times Trump has been tested since then, and he has repeatedly violated coronavirus precautions by holding public events with large crowds.
When a White House spokesman was asked when Trump was last tested and if he could report any results between May 21 and Trump test positive on October 2, he said, "The President is tested regularly."
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Despite the seismic impact of the President of the United States, who contracted a deadly and highly infectious disease with no cure, the White House provides very little basic information about President Donald Trump's coronavirus status.
Aside from his announcement of a positive test on Friday, which resulted in him being hospitalized for three nights with COVID-19, the last time Trump talked about a test was in May when he said, "I did tested positive negative. "
Between Trump's "positive versus negative" disclosure on May 21, and the tweet confirming that he tested positive for COVID-19 on October 2, the White House wouldn't alert insiders to specific cases where Trump even did Did test.
Once in July, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump had been tested "several times a day". He contradicted her later in the day, saying he couldn't remember taking more than one in 24 hours.
McEnany and other White House officials, such as spokeswoman Alyssa Farah, have refused to say when Trump is doing coronavirus tests or when he last tested negative.
"I can't reveal that right now. Doctors would like to keep it private," Farah said on Thursday.
The president attended 113 public events between his last known negative test and the night before he announced he had COVID-19. This comes from a database of his travel and events calendar from Factba.se, a website with a variety of Trump-related databases.
Insider asked the White House repeatedly on Thursday how often the president is being tested, when his last test was, and whether he has disclosed any tests conducted since May 21.
"The president is tested regularly," a White House spokesman said in an email.
He didn't answer when asked how often the president is tested.
Lots of events, few precautions by Trump
Aside from the rare occasion he wears a mask in public, such as the first time in July, the president has largely disregarded basic public health precautions. He also rarely enforced socially distant rules and wore masks at his rallies and other public events.
Trump's events varied in size and density, but there were some notable examples that presented greater risk than others:
June 20: Trump returned for personal rallies after a month-long hiatus over the pandemic that began in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Two aides who attended later tested positive, as did his Republican ally Herman Cain, who died of the disease a month later, although it is unclear whether he contracted the virus at the event.
July 4: Trump held an Independence Day celebration with a speech, military flyover and fireworks display in Washington, DC.
Aug 27: On the final night of the Republican National Convention, around 1,500 people gathered on the White House lawn on the White House lawn to accept Trump's nomination.
September 8: Trump mocked former Vice President Joe Biden at a rally in North Carolina for the social distancing measures that were taken at his events.
Sept. 14: Trump held his first indoor rally in Nevada against warnings from Governor Steve Sisolak and local health officials.
September 26: Trump nominates Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the White House for an event that is now considered a super-spreader for the virus. After that, more than 10 people test positive.
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