Trump admits he was 'in the room' with coronavirus-positive valet on Tuesday, day he showed symptoms

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A day after it was revealed one of President Donald Trump’s personal valets tested positive for the coronavirus, the president said he was in the same room with the valet on the day he started showing symptoms.

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CNN reported Thursday that an unidentified member of the U.S. Navy working at the White House tested positive for the virus Wednesday, a day after he was in the same room as Trump.

A source told CNN that Trump was “upset” when he heard about the diagnosis and that the news was “hitting the fan” at the White House.

The president was given another rapid test by a White House physician; the results of the Abbott Labs test can be provided in just minutes.

The White House confirmed the news in a statement to CNN, saying the president and Vice President Mike Pence tested negative.

“We were recently notified by the White House Medical Unit that a member of the United States Military, who works on the White House campus, has tested positive for Coronavirus," deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said in the statement.

"The President and the Vice President have since tested negative for the virus and they remain in great health,” Gidley said.

In an interview with "Fox & Friends" Friday morning, Trump said the valet was in the same room with him on Tuesday—the same day the valet began showing symptoms. It's unclear if that room was the Oval Office, where the valet reportedly brought Diet Cokes to Trump.

"This was a gentleman, very good guy, but he was, I guess, off for three or four days, and then he was off over the weekend, and off on Monday, and on Tuesday, he was in the room," Trump said. "I don't think any contact, but he was in the room, and then I went to get tested, and I tested fine."

"You know, negative, I guess you'd say, negative, and then I got tested a second time, and I tested negative, so—and Mike Pence likewise, because Mike would be there sometimes, you know, when he'd walk in. But he was not there for a while, and he's a fine young guy, so it's just one of those things," Trump said.

The president told "Fox & Friends" that the valets who serve him his food would wear masks after the positive diagnosis.

"They've already started," he said.

The president told reporters Thursday that the valet had worn a mask, like many people in the White House.

"A lot of people in the White House wear masks," he said. " And frankly, a lot of people want to wear masks, until this thing goes away."

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