On Monday as President Trump traveled to his first campaign rally since being diagnosed with COVID-19, White House physician Dr. Sean Conley released a statement announcing that the president has tested negative for COVID-19 on consecutive days.
“In response to your inquiry regarding the President’s most recent COVID-19 tests, I can share with you that he has tested NEGATIVE, on consecutive days, using the Abbott BinaxNOW antigen card,” Dr. Conley said. “It is important to note that this test was not used in isolation for the determination of the President’s current negative status.”
“Repeatedly negative antigen tests, taken in context with additional clinical and laboratory data, including viral load, subgenomic RNA, and PCR cycle threshold measurements, as well as ongoing assessment of viral culture data, all indicate a lack of detectable viral replication,” he added. “This comprehensive data, in concert with the CDC’s guidelines for removal of transmission-based precautions, have informed our medical team’s assessment that the President is not infectious to others.”
The second presidential debate that was originally supposed to be held on October 15th was cancelled by the Commission on Presidential Debates, despite Dr. Conley stating last week that the President would be able to “safe[ly] return to public engagement” by October 10th.
In a statement last week, the Trump campaign questioned the integrity of the Commission on Presidential Debates’ reason for cancelling the debate, saying, “There is no medical reason to stop the October 15 debate in Miami from proceeding as scheduled, since the President will be healthy and ready to debate…. It’s time for the biased commission to stop protecting Biden and preventing voters from hearing from the two candidates for president.”