[UPDATE] Despite previous reports, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro confirmed has tested negative for the coronavirus.
O Dia, a major Brazilian newspaper, earlier on Friday reported that he’d tested positive. Fox News later confirmed the news.
Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo told Fox News that further testing was being done to confirm the diagnosis and that they expected results later on Friday.
The Brazilian president said on Twitter that he tested negative, adding, “DO NOT BELIEVE IN THE MEDIA FAKE NEWS.
The Brazilian newspaper Estadão first reported on Thursday that Bolsonaro had been tested for the coronavirus and was being monitored.
According to Business Insider: Bolsonaro’s communications chief, Fabio Wajngarten, has also tested positive for the virus, the Brazilian president’s office confirmed on Thursday.
Trump and Bolsonaro were photographed sitting next to each other less than a week ago, at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The US president was photographed shaking Bolsonaro’s hand before dinner on Saturday.
The White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, said on Thursday that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence did not need to be tested for the coronavirus because they had very little interaction with Wajngarten.
The positive diagnosis comes just days after “Tropical Trump” Bolsonaro met with President Donald Trump in Mar-A-Lago, Fox News has confirmed.
In the wake of the news out of Brazil, a number of White House officials were called into an urgent meeting in the chief of staff’s office, Fox News is told.
This is a developing story.
Check back for updates.