Does Biden Have COVID? This Is Why We'll Never Know

By Mark Gruber | Saturday, 18 June 2022 12:00
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The White House refused to say when President Joe Biden last got a COVID-19 test despite meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just days before the foreign leader said he had tested positive for the Coronavirus.

Trudeau tested positive for the virus four days after meeting Biden during the Summit of the Americas last week. The two leaders embraced during a greeting ceremony at the opening of the Los Angeles summit and held an almost hourlong bilateral meeting the next day.

Biden’s press secretary maintained the President had not been a “close contact,” which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines as someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person “for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.”

“If he were a close contact as defined by the CDC, we would update his testing cadence accordingly and share that with you transparently,” Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Thursday. “His testing cadence has not changed.”

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Jean-Pierre would not supply a date when the President was last tested for the Coronavirus, citing a “regular weekly cadence.”

Biden is tested once a week and more often if he travels, she said. “I just don't have a day in front of you when he was last tested.”

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Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and California Rep. Maxine Waters also tested positive for COVID-19 days after attending the summit, with Becerra testing positive for the second time this month. Anthony Fauci, the federal government's top infectious disease expert and a White House COVID-19 adviser, tested positive on Wednesday.

Becerra, who is fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, tested positive after taking an antigen test and is suffering from mild symptoms. He will continue to work while in isolation, spokeswoman Sarah Lovenheim announced Monday.

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“Secretary Becerra has not been considered a close contact of President Biden or Vice President Harris, as defined by the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention],” Lovenheim said. “The secretary remains engaged with the duties of his office from isolation and is eager to return to in-person meetings as quickly as possible.”

Becerra also tested positive for COVID-19 on May 18, less than a week after he met with President Joe Biden. The president was not considered a close contact at that time either.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. Trudeau met with Biden four days ago at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California.

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