U.S. President Donald Trump walks to the White House residence after exiting Marine One on the South Lawn on June 25, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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“The president of the United States is not a civilian,” said Deere on Wednesday.
“Anyone who is in close proximity to him, including staff, guests, and press are tested for COVID-19 and confirmed to be negative,” Deere said then.
“With regard to Arizona, the White House followed it’s COVID mitigation plan to ensure the President did not come into contact with anyone who was symptomatic or had not been tested.”
“Anyone traveling in support of the president this weekend will be closely monitored for symptoms and tested for COVID.”
Murphy’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump’s cancellation.
But Murphy, during an interview earlier on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” spoke about Trump’s then-scheduled visit, which the governor said would not be in conflict with his quarantine order.
“There is a carve out for essential workers and by any definition the president of the United States is an essential worker so the president is welcome obviously in New Jersey,” Murphy said.
On Thursday, Trump visited the Fincantieri Marinette Marine Shipyard in Marinette, Wisconsin, where he delivered remarks about a multibillion-dollar contract for the facility to a cheering crowd.
During that appearance Trump repeated a claim that the U.S. is seeing an increase in coronavirus cases because it is testing more extensively than other countries.
“We have the greatest testing program in the world. We’ve developed it over a period of time. And we’re up to almost 30 million tests,” Trump said.
“That means we’re going to have more cases. If we didn’t want to test, or if we didn’t test, we wouldn’t have cases. But we have cases because we test. Deaths are down. We have one of the lowest mortality rates.”
The United States has had more than 2.4 million Covid-19 reported cases and 124,468 related deaths. The number of cases and deaths in the U.S. account for 25% of the total number of cases and deaths worldwide.
– Additional reporting by CNBC’s Tucker Higgins