//Brazilian official who met with Trump checks optimistic for coronavirus, Bolsonaro to be examined

Brazilian official who met with Trump checks optimistic for coronavirus, Bolsonaro to be examined

Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro is being monitored and will probably be examined for the coronavirus after one in all his deputies examined optimistic for the illness days after they met with President Trump in Florida.

Bolsonaro met with President Trump in Mar-A-Lago on Saturday, the place they’re mentioned to have mentioned the disaster in Venezuela, commerce and different financial points.

President Donald Trump arrive before a dinner with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at Mar-a-Lago, Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump arrive earlier than a dinner with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at Mar-a-Lago, Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Palm Seaside, Fla. (AP Photograph/Alex Brandon)

The O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reported Thursday that Fabio Wajngarten, the communications secretary for the 64-year-old Brazilian chief who had traveled to Miami for the assembly as properly, confirmed flu signs and examined optimistic for the virus early Wednesday.

Well being officers confirmed the analysis.

The newspaper, with out citing sources, mentioned Bolsonaro is being monitored and examined for the virus, together with different members of the delegation who accompanied him. The president’s communications workplace Thursday confirmed precautions have been taken.

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Wajngarten, who had been photographed with the U.S. president throughout the go to, initially denied the reviews he had been examined for the virus, saying on social media that his well being was high quality. On Thursday, the president’s communications workplace mentioned he’s now in self-quarantine at house.

He was additionally seen with Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who went into self-quarantine this week after studying he and different congressional leaders had been uncovered to a CPAC attendee who examined optimistic for COVID-19.

On Tuesday, Gaetz mentioned he examined negative for coronavirus.

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Neither Trump nor Vice President Mike Pence, who was in attendance at CPAC and in Miami, have been examined for the virus, officers mentioned.

Whereas talking to White Home reporters on Thursday, Trump mentioned he isn’t involved by the reviews of Bolsonaro or his deputy being examined for the virus.

“I did hear something about that,” he mentioned. “We had dinner together in Florida, at Mar-a-Lago, with the entire delegation. I don’t know if the press aide was there. If he was there, he was there. But we did nothing very unusual!”

President Donald Trump is seated before a dinner with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, left, at Mar-a-Lago, Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump is seated earlier than a dinner with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, left, at Mar-a-Lago, Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Palm Seaside, Fla. (AP Photograph/Alex Brandon)

Trump mentioned he and Bolsonaro “sat subsequent to one another for a time period, had an important dialog.”

“He’s doing a terrific job in Brazil. We’ll discover out what occurs. I assume they’re being examined proper now,” he mentioned, including: “I’m not involved.”

White Home press secretary Stephanie Grisham mentioned in a press release the exposures from the case are being assessed and can dictate the following steps.

“Each the President and Vice President had nearly no interactions with the person who examined optimistic and don’t require being examined at the moment,” she mentioned, including: “We’re monitoring the state of affairs carefully and can replace everybody as we get extra data.”

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In the meantime, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez introduced by video Thursday that he has gone into self-quarantine after realizing he had come into contact with Wajngarten throughout Bolosanor’s Florida go to.

Suarez’s announcement got here throughout a information convention by which different metropolis leaders introduced a city-wide state of emergency.

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla. additionally revealed Thursday he can be self-quarantining at house observe potential contact with Wajngarten in Miami.

“My workplace was alerted at this time by the Brazilian Embassy {that a} member of President Bolsonaro’s delegation examined optimistic for Coronavirus,” he mentioned in a press release. “On Monday, I met with the president in Miami, and whereas I don’t consider I interacted with the contaminated individual, that particular person was in the identical room as me.”

He continued: “After consulting with the Senate’s attending doctor and my private physician, I’ve been informed that my danger is low and that I need not take a take a look at or quarantine. Nevertheless, the well being and security of the American individuals is my focus and I’ve made the choice to self-quarantine in an abundance of warning. I’m feeling wholesome and never experiencing any signs at the moment.”

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Throughout his go to to Miami, Bolsonaro downplayed the virus and mentioned coronavirus was being overhyped by the media.

“Throughout the previous yr, clearly, now we have had moments of disaster. A whole lot of that’s fantasy,” he mentioned, in keeping with Reuters. “And coronavirus, which is not all the mainstream media makes it out to be.”

The U.S. Embassy in Brasilia has contacted the federal government to get extra data relating to Wajngarten and Bolsonaro, O Globo newspaper reported.

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In the meantime, the Brazilian chief has canceled a deliberate go to to Rio Grande do Norte due to “health security reasons.”

“The World Health Organization’s decree yesterday of a global pandemic requires us to be safe with the health of the president and the people around him,” Rogerio Marinho, the regional growth minister, mentioned in a press release on Twitter.

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Greater than 124,500 individuals have been contaminated with coronavirus worldwide because it was first detected in Wuhan, China late final yr.

Fox Information’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.