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White House spokesman refuses to answer when Trump’s last negative COVID-19 test was 6 times in one interview



a person wearing a suit and tie: White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern appeared on MSNBC's Live With Hallie Jackson on Friday. Screenshot via MSNBC


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White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern appeared on MSNBC’s Live With Hallie Jackson on Friday. Screenshot via MSNBC

  • White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern refused to disclose when President Donald Trump last tested negative for COVID-19 at least six times in one interview.
  • “You are very focused on looking backwards,” Morgenstern told MSNBC correspondent Hallie Jackson. 
  • Morgenstern’s interview is part of a pattern of the White House refusing to reveal the president’s last negative test.
  • The last time Trump or anyone in the White House was on the record regarding a negative test wasMay 21.
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The White House is still refusing to reveal the last time President Donald Trump tested negative for COVID-19, increasing confusion around the timeline of his infection and anyone else potentially exposed to the virus by the president.

Trump spokesman Brian Morgenstern dodged answering the question at least six times during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Live With Hallie Jackson” on Friday.

“The president shares a great deal of information with the American public,” he told Jackson, citing HIPAA as to why he cannot disclose Trump’s last negative test, though Trump could waive his HIPAA rights.

Moments earlier, he said he would reveal the results of Trump’s most recent test.

“What’s the difference? Why not be more transparent?” Jackson pushed back.

“It’s not something that has the public health value that the other information we’re releasing does,” Morgenstern said. “That’s why we’re releasing information in the interest of public health.”

“I think medical experts would absolutely disagree with that about the public health value,” Jackson responded.

Public health experts and epidemiologists uniformly say that knowledge of Trump’s infection timeline is helpful for contract tracing matters and to better understand how long the president could be infectious. Since