US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tests negative for COVID-19 after Trump contracts virus

Pompeo said that it was the fourth time in two weeks that he has been tested for the virus which has been contracted by the US President and First Lady.

Published: 02nd October 2020 03:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd October 2020 03:18 PM   |  A+A-

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (File photo| AP)

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he and his wife have tested negative for the coronavirus after they were examined on their airplane 20 minutes prior to landing in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on Friday.

He said it was the fourth time in two weeks he has been tested. President Donald Trump announced on Twitter early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus. Pompeo says the last time he was with Trump was on September 15, at the White House, for the signing of normalization agreements among Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

The top US diplomat says he is reconsidering upcoming travel to Florida on Saturday and Asia starting Sunday as a precaution. He says, "We are praying for the president and the First Lady and we hope they have a speedy recovery."

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