A Brazilian government who met with both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the president’s private Mar-a-Lago south Florida resort on Saturday has tested positive for the new coronavirus (COVID-19), the Washington Post reported Thursday.
Fabio Wajngarten, the communications secretary for Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, tested positive for the virus just days after his in-person meeting with Trump and Pence. The three even posed for pictures, with Wajngarten standing shoulder-to-shoulder with President Trump.
The guy standing to Trump’s left just tested positive for coronavirus, according to Brazilian media. Fabio Wajngarten posted this photo, taken during meetings at Mar-a-Lago, five days ago. pic.twitter.com/qioU4qIlxl
— Gabriel Stargardter (@gabstargardter) March 12, 2020
Following reports that he contracted the virus, Wajngarten lashed out at the media in Trumpian fashion saying he was healthy, but did not deny that he had tested positive.
“In spite of the fact that the rotten band of the press has already spoken absurdly about my religion, my family and my company, now they talk about my health. But I’m fine, I won’t need hugs from Drauzio Varella,” he tweeted (translated using Google Translate), taking a shot at the Varella, a Brazilian doctor and scientist who’s very popular in the county.
Em que pese a banda podre da imprensa já ter falado absurdos sobre a minha religião, minha família e minha empresa, agora falam da minha saúde. Mas estou bem, não precisarei de abraços do Drauzio Varella.
— Fabio Wajngarten (@fabiowoficial) March 11, 2020
The positive test was first reported by Folha de S.Paulo newspaper on Wednesday, which stated that Wajngarten had been tested for coronavirus at the Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo. A spokesperson for the hospital could not confirm or deny the report to the New York Times, and Wajngarten and Bolsonaro’s office have not responded to requests for comment.
Brazil’s Health Ministry has reported 52 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, but no deaths have been reported.
[image via Fabio Wajngarten/Instagram]