WASHINGTON – Medical personnel are administering coronavirus tests to anyone who might come into contact with President Donald Trump during his visit Tuesday to Arizona, administration officials said Monday.
"Those who will be in close proximity to the President will be tested for COVID-19," said White House spokesman Judd Deere.
Security plans for Trump's trip to a Honeywell aerospace plant in Phoenix that manufactures protective masks mimic policy at the White House. Visitors expected to meet with the president and Vice President Mike Pence are given tests designed to detect coronavirus.
Tests for Trump's trip are ongoing so that results will be available before he lands in Phoenix mid-day Tuesday.
Members of the press pool accompanying Trump to Arizona received swab tests on Sunday. White House staff members are also being tested, as they are frequently.
Officials did not discuss specify security plans for the trip in light of the spread of coronavirus, but said the would follow recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control.
"The President takes the health and safety of everyone traveling in support of himself and all White House operations very seriously," Deere said. "When preparing for and carrying out any travel, the White House’s operational teams work together to ensure plans to incorporate current CDC guidance and best practices for limiting COVID-19 exposure are followed to the greatest extent possible."
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In early April, the White House announced that "anyone who is expected to be in close proximity" to either Trump or Pence "will be administered a COVID-19 test to evaluate for pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic carriers status to limit inadvertent transmission."
Officials did not comment on security procedures used last week when Pence made visits to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, where coronavirus patients are being treated, and a General Motors plant in Indiana that has been converted to produce ventilators.
Pence took criticism for not wearing a mask during his tour of the Mayo Clinic, contrary to hospital recommendations. He later expressed regret, telling a Fox News town hall on Sunday that "I should have worn a mask."
Officials said they do not know if Trump plans to wear a mask to Arizona.