(President Donald Trump tested negative for the novel coronavirus, officials said Saturday evening. This story has been updated with that information).
President Trump on Saturday said travel restrictions from Europe would be broadened to include the U.K. and Ireland, as countries continue to take aggressive measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re looking at it very seriously because they have had a little bit of activity unfortunately so we are going to be looking at that, actually we already have looked at it and that is going to be announced,” Trump said during a press conference with his coronavirus task force at the White House.
Trump also said he was considering restrictions on domestic travel for areas hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak. He didn’t provide specifics.
Following Trump's remarks, Vice President Mike Pence said all travel from the United Kingdom and Ireland has been suspended, effective midnight on Monday.
The same exclusions that are a part of the already existing European travel restrictions will also apply to the U.K. and Ireland, Pence said.
Before the announcement on the extended travel restrictions Pence, Trump stepped in front of the cameras again on Saturday, praising his administration for its efforts in combatting the coronavirus and taking credit for the Friday’s stock market rebound, which saw stocks recover sharply from a day-earlier record drop.
Separately, Trump announced at the press conference that he took the coronavirus test. Saturday night, hours after the press conference, the White House released the test results and said the president tested negative.
Trump recently was in contact with three people at his Florida resort who tested positive for the virus, including two aides to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
“One week after having dinner with the Brazilian delegation in Mar-a-Lago, the President remains symptom-free,” said Sean Conley, the president’s physician, in a memo.