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Brazilian official who met with President Trump Saturday tests positive for coronavirus

President Donald J. Trump signs the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in front of the South Portico of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
March 12, 2020

A Brazilian official who was part of a team that met with President Donald Trump Saturday has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Washington Post. Fabio Wajngarten, the communications secretary to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, had his picture taken with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence during a visit to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate over the weekend.

The Brazilian officials were visiting Trump to tout Brazil’s economic successes and meet with U.S. government officials. Bolsonaro is now also being tested and monitored for the virus according to Brazilian news outlets.

While speaking with reporters during a press pool Thursday, Trump downplayed his concerns about the meeting. That falls in line with the president’s previous public statements regarding the coronavirus in which he has cautioned against overreacting to the spread of the virus.

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