- The White House has consistently lacked transparency when it comes to President Donald Trump’s health, especially since he contracted COVID-19.
- Multiple officials have refused to say when the last time Trump tested negative for the virus was, raising questions as to what they could be hiding.
- The White House has also been opaque about a mysterious trip Trump took to Walter Reed last November.
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There has been an extreme lack of transparency from the White House when it comes to President Donald Trump’s health, even after he contracted COVID-19.
The Trump administration has consistently dodged questions on when Trump’s last negative COVID-19 test was, which is vital information in terms of who the president may have exposed and precisely when he was infected. The White House has said Trump was diagnosed on October 1, but the administration’s refusal to say when the president’s last test was has raised suspicions about what they could be hiding.
“I don’t want to go backwards,” White House physician Sean Conley said on Monday when asked about Trump’s last negative test. Conley was the target of media criticism last weekend after he initially avoided other questions on Trump’s health, including whether the president had received supplemental oxygen.
Prior to Trump’s diagnosis, the White House routinely announced when the president tested negative for the virus, but now it’s treating the matter as if it’s top secret. White House strategic communications director Alyssa Farah on Thursday said the information was Trump’s “private medical history.”
“The doctors would like to keep it private since it’s his private medical history,” Farah said.
On Thursday night, Trump was asked by Fox News’ Sean Hannity if he’s tested negative for COVID-19 in the time since he was diagnosed. The president did not answer the question, making it unclear whether he’s still COVID-19 positive as he pushes to get back on the campaign trail and hold rallies.
—Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 9, 2020
In an MSNBC interview on Friday, White House deputy press secretary Brian Morgenstern would not answer when pressed on when Trump’s last negative test was and contended the information is not valuable to the public.
“The president doesn’t check all of his HIPAA rights at the door just when he becomes president,” Morgenstern said. “The doctors obviously share fulsome information with the president. The president shares a great deal of information with the American public.”
“There is a reason to share certain information. It is to prevent further transmission of the virus, it’s public health purposes, and that’s what we’re doing,” Morgenstern added.
—MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 9, 2020
As Insider previously reported, the last time Trump said he tested negative for COVID-19 was in May.
Insider’s Jake Lahut and Oma Seddiq asked the White House repeatedly on Thursday how often the president is tested, when his last test was, and if it had disclosed any tests taken since May 21.
“The president is tested regularly,” a White House