Brazilian Official Photographed With Trump and Pence Tests Positive for the Coronavirus

A Brazilian official who was photographed over the weekend at Mar-a-Lago with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a report by Estadao, though Trump continues to downplay the risk of the virus.

Fabio Wajngarten who is the press secretary to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday.

Only a few days before, the aide posted a photo of himself standing beside Donald Trump, wearing a “Make Brazil Great Again” hat.

Asked about his contact with the Brazilian official, Trump told reporters on Thursday, “I did hear something about that, 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, we sat next to each other for a period of time. … He’s doing a terrific job in Brazil and we’ll find out what happens, I guess they’re being tested right now.”

Moments later, Trump added, “Let’s put it this way — I’m not concerned.”

Trump has received criticism for the way that his administration has handled the coronavirus.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said in a recent late-night show appearance, “Here we have a stock market that is collapsing, you have a coronavirus that is scaring the entire world,” telling Trump, “Why don’t you do your job.”

The stock market collapse has hurt Trump, who has regularly boasted about booming numbers — but as of Thursday, more than 80% of the stock market gains under his presidency have been erased.

During a Wednesday night speech, he told the nation, “This is not a financial crisis, this is just a temporary moment of time that we will overcome as a nation, and as a world,” adding for “the vast majority of Americans the risk [of coronavirus] is very, very low.”


  1. First off, the claim that Pence tested positive for the virus is nonsense. There’s no backing for that claim and even if Pence DID undergo testing, those results are confidential as are ALL American’s medical records. Even if Pence DID contract the virus and was quarantined, he’s quite capable of performing his duties by phone, computer, etc.

    Bottom line: Who the F cares whether the President or Veep get tested, get sick, whatever??? They’re human. They’re susceptible to getting sick as are we all!!

  2. Sigh… hopefully other people around the president are going to take precautions because its clear he isn’t and will not.

    1. He’s putting on a brave and reckless face. He’s not the only leader to do so. q.v. the Netherlands, EU leadership.

      I’d rather our leaders do so by example. Give up your houses and private jet travel Bernie. Stop using private jets and armed security Bloomberg. Stop

      1. using private jets, armed security, and talking down to your supporters Joe and the entire Dim side.

      2. ST, if everyone around the president are tested today, there’s no guarantee that any one of them won’t be exposed tomorrow and test positive soon after. It really doesn’t matter. Even if Trump was actually getting tested daily, I’d rather have him play this hype down rather to promote the panic that already has gone too far.

        Remember the Swine Flu epidemic that swept the country back in 2009-2010??
        Neither do I!! Actually, I do, but it rarely got a mention other than a footnote with the press at the time. It infected and killed far more people than CV has to this point.

        1. Exposure is ALWAYS a risk when interacting or venturing into the public.
          I agree.

          I also agree that this being hyped as a means to discredit the president and his re-election.

        1. There you go again. Bringing up that personal responsibility thing.

          Needless to say, no one should be licking door knobs or sharing drinks at this point.

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