President Donald Trump has tested "very positively" for the coronavirus, leading to plenty of confusion on social media and questions regarding his health. Speaking with reporters Thursday, the president said that he "tested very positively in another sense" and that "tested positively toward negative" on his latest daily coronavirus test. The mixing of words left many scratching their heads, confused as to whether or not the president had or had not tested positive for the virus.
Here is a quote from Trump:
"I tested very positively in another sense so— this morning. Yeah. I tested positively toward negative, right. So. I tested perfectly this morning. Meaning I tested negative." pic.twitter.com/xA0DBUcfr9— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 21, 2020
The president's remarks, in which he did eventually confirm that he had "tested negative," come as a growing number of people within close proximity to him in the White House test positive for the virus. On May 7, deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley confirmed that a member of the U.S. Navy who serves as one of the president’s personal valets had tested positive for the virus. Trump later confirmed that he had frequent contact with the person in question. Just a day later, it was reported that a member of Vice President Mike Pence's staff tested positive.
As a result, Trump, Pence, and other members of the White House staff have moved from weekly coronavirus testing to daily testing as a precaution, with other precautionary measures also being taken. The president also recently revealed that he has been taking the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which has been warned against by many health professionals, as a preventative measures, something that at first sparked concern that Trump had possibly contracted the virus. His words Thursday only further added to the confusion and sparked plenty of talk on social media. Keep scrolling to see what Twitter had to say.
Lmaooooo tested positively negative. What does Trump mean when he says words pic.twitter.com/IDDDhrELn5— Daddy D.O🇳🇬 (@DOlusegun) May 21, 2020
Wow, he just rambles.
How hard is it to say..."I tested negative today." 😂🤦— Samir (@PackersFavreFan) May 21, 2020
Hahahahahaha Trump said he tested positively toward negative 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂— King Turk (@Nik0la__Tesla) May 21, 2020
Trump has the best words but in his brain these words seem to be all drunk and sleep walking and really bat crazy taking off in random directions crashing into one another and exploding onto the wall— N. Singh, MD 🌊 (@LabyrinthWeaver) May 21, 2020
Does this mean he has it... I don’t understand, my mind is purée after reading this... pic.twitter.com/QlUr093e6H— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) May 21, 2020
Wait... what? pic.twitter.com/9iKSOSgIsj— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) May 21, 2020
Did Trump just say he tested positively negative today for COVID19??— Mystery Solvent (@MysterySolvent) May 21, 2020
What does that even mean?
Incoherent gibberish.— Majestic (@MajesticResists) May 21, 2020
What does that even mean?— indigobabs (@indigobabs) May 21, 2020
Even auto correct can speak better than Trump— Pantomath (@pantomath__) May 21, 2020
What language is that?— BlockedBy45 (@45BlockedMe) May 21, 2020
He really thought he did something clever with the “positively toward negative” thing, huh?— Beth (@_BethLynn) May 21, 2020