Australian Minister Tests Positive For Coronavirus — Met With Ivanka Trump And Bill Barr Last Week In D.C.

Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton announced Friday morning that he has tested positive for coronavirus, just one week after meeting with senior adviser to the President Ivanka Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr in Washington, D.C. one week ago.

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway and Domestic Policy Council Director Joe Grogan also met with Dutton, according to CNN.

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 12: U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump hosts an event to mark the first anniversary of her Women’s Global Development Prosperity Initiative in the Franklin Room at the State Department February 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“This morning I woke up with a temperature and a sore throat,” Dutton tweeted before announcing the positive test. “It is the policy of Queensland Health that anyone who tests positive be admitted into the hospital and I have complied.”

The White House declined to comment on the news of Dutton’s test.

On Thursday, news broke that Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro was under “medical examination” and had been tested for coronavirus. He is expected to receive his test results on Friday.

Both Bolsonaro’s press aide Fabio Wajngarten and Bolsonaro dined and visited with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Ivanka, senior adviser Jared Kushner, and Acting Director of National Intelligence Rick Grenell among others.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said that Trump had not yet been tested and that there are no plans to test him in the immediate future, as he has not exhibited and coronavirus symptoms.

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 19: U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (L) approach the podiums for a joint news conference at the Rose Garden of the White House March 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump is hosting President Bolsonaro for a visit and bilateral talks at the White House today. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 19: U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (L) approach the podiums for a joint news conference at the Rose Garden of the White House March 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump is hosting President Bolsonaro for a visit and bilateral talks at the White House today. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“The White House is aware of public reports that a member of the Brazilian delegation‘s visit to Mar-a-Lago last weekend tested positive for COVID-19; confirmatory testing is pending,” Grisham said in a statement to the press. “Exposures from the case are being assessed, which will dictate next steps. 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. (RELATED: Congress Pushing To Get An Additional Coronavirus Bill Passed Before Recess)

“As stated before, the White House Medical Unit and the United States Secret Service has been working closely with various agencies to ensure every precaution is taken to keep the First & Second Families, and all White House staff healthy,” she added. “To reiterate CDC guidelines, there is currently no indication to test patients without symptoms, and only people with prolonged close exposure to confirmed positive cases should self-quarantine.

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