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September 17, 2020 7:54 am

Trump Says Staffer Tested Positive for COVID-19 but Was ‘Not Near’ Him

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US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a news conference, in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, in Washington, DC, Sept. 16, 2020. Photo: Reuters / Leah Millis.

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said a White House staffer tested positive for COVID-19 but the individual was not “near” him or “associated with” him.

“It was not anybody that was near me,” Trump said at a press conference.

“It was one person,” Trump added. “It was not a person that I was associated with.”

The press briefing came one day after Trump met with three world leaders at the White House to sign a Middle East peace accord.

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