Politics GOP senators not tested for coronavirus before lunch with Trump

00:05  20 may  2020
00:05  20 may  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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GOP senators on Tuesday did not get tested for the coronavirus ahead of a closed-door lunch with President Trump.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: GOP senators not tested for coronavirus before lunch with Trump © Bloomberg/Pool GOP senators not tested for coronavirus before lunch with Trump

Asked if he was tested, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said "no," before quipping "a test would be good for all of us probably."

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a member of GOP leadership who walked with Trump out of the lunch, said that he was also not tested.

"No," he said. "Nobody did."

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The White House is taking steps like routine temperature checks to get into the White House complex and before meetings to try to limit the potential spread of the coronavirus.

The White House also announced last month that individuals in close proximity to Trump or Vice President Pence will be tested. The traveling group of reporters who came to the Capitol with Trump on Tuesday, for example, would have been tested for the coronavirus on Tuesday morning.

Some senators who have visited the White House have also noted they've been tested as part of the visits.

But at the Capitol, staffers have been told to check their temperatures at home. Unlike reporters near Trump, reporters who are talking with lawmakers are not being routinely tested. And lawmakers were told last month that they would only be tested if they were symptomatic.

Restrictions on access to the Capitol remain in place through June 8, including a suspension of all tours. Senate Republicans have moved their lunch to a larger room, and suspended the buffet-style setup, to try to encourage social distancing.

So far only one senator has been known to have been infected with the coronavirus: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). But several have had to self-quarantine after being exposed to an individual infected with the virus.

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