Donald Trump did not disclose a positive result from a rapid test for Covid-19 on Thursday before appearing on Fox News, according to the Wall Street Journal, while he was awaiting the results of a more complete screening.
Instead, Mr Trump told the network that an aide had tested positive and mentioned that he was waiting on results from the second test he took that night.
“I’ll get my test back either tonight or tomorrow morning,” the president told Fox. At 1am on Friday, he tweeted that he and the First Lady Melania had tested confirmed cases of the virus.
According to WSJ, Mr Trump’s testing followed White House protocols meaning that because his rapid test came back positive, he was then given a second, more reliable test which takes a sample from deeper in the nasal passage.