Anyone who comes near U.S. President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence will be subjected to testing for the novel coronavirus, the White House reportedly announced Friday.

“As the Physician to the President and White House Operations continue to protect the health and safety of the president and vice president, starting today anyone who is expected to be in close proximity to either of them will be administered a COVID-19 test to evaluate for pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic carriers status to limit inadvertent transmission,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a widely-reported statement.

Trump said Thursday he had

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