Lindsey Graham Self-Quarantining After Possible Contact With Brazilian Coronavirus Patient At Mar-a-Lago
South Carolina U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham announced that he would be self-quarantining in a Thursday press release, after possible contact with a Brazilian coronavirus carrier.
Statement from the Office of Senator Lindsey Graham pic.twitter.com/XyyZ9dnpTe
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) March 12, 2020
Lindsey Graham possibly interacting with an aide to the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro. The Brazilian government official has since been confirmed to be diagnosed with Chinese coronavirus. Bolsonaro himself is currently awaiting the results of a coronavirus test.
Fabio Wajngarten, Bolsonaro’s spokesman, was confirmed to be diagnosed Thursday. In a matter of concern, the aide appears to have interacted with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
Lindsey Graham is the latest United States Senator to self-quarantine over possible contact with the coronavirus. Senator Ted Cruz is set to depart a voluntary self-quarantine over coming into contact with an attendee of the CPAC conference since confirmed to be stricken with the disease.
Arizona’s Paul Gosar also is quarantining after coming into contact with the CPAC coronavirus patient.
When asked about possible contact on behalf of the President and Vice President with Wajngarten, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham emphasized that their contact was minimal.
“Both the President and Vice President had almost no interactions with the individual who tested positive and do not require being tested at this time.”
President Trump himself also stated that the risk was minimal when asked about possible exposure to the patient.
“I did hear something about that. We had dinner together in Florida, at Mar-a-Lago, with the entire delegation. I don’t know if the press aide was there, if he was there he was there, but we did nothing very unusual. We sat together for a period of time, had a great conversation.”
“Let’s put it this way- I’m not concerned.”