Biden tested negative for Covid, source says, after White House spokesperson declined to disclose
President Joe Biden twice tested negative for the coronavirus this week, a source familiar with the matter told NBC News, despite high-profile interactions
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden twice tested negative for the coronavirus this week, a source familiar with the matter told NBC News, despite high-profile interactions with individuals who recently disclosed positive cases.
The disclosure came after the top White House spokesperson, Karine Jean-Pierre, repeatedly refused to reveal the president’s testing status, a reversal from previous practice.
In at times tense exchanges with reporters during the daily news briefing, Jean-Pierre said she did not have information about the president’s most recent test, but also would not commit to disclosing it. The White House press secretary said only that Biden was tested weekly or as necessary as determined by his doctor.
“If he were a close contact as defined by the CDC, we would update his cadence accordingly and share that with you transparently. If he is a close contact, we will share that with you,” she said.
Although Jean-Pierre told reporters Biden was tested “weekly,” at one point saying it was just once a week, the source told NBC News the president had in fact been tested twice this week, as is routine.