DONALD Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus a second time after using a new rapid test kit he says is "easier" and "more pleasant" than one taken at a hospital.
The president revealed he was re-tested for COVID-19 with a 15-minute test that he described as "much more pleasant" compared to his first, which was administered professionally.
"I think I took it really out of curiosity to see how quickly it worked and fast it worked," he said at Thursday's coronavirus task force press conference at the White House.
"And it's a lot easier. I've done them both. And the second one is much more pleasant."
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham released a memo on the procedure to reporters without mentioning a reason for the medical examination.
"This morning, the President was tested again for COVID-19, utilizing a new, rapid point-of-care test capability," the memo said.
"He is healthy and without symptoms.
"Sample collection took just one minute, and results were reported back in 15 minutes.
"The President tested negative for COVID-19."
Trump was first tested for the coronavirus last month after physical contact with congressmen who were exposed to the virus at the Conservative Political Action Conference in late February.
He also came in contact with the disease earlier this month after hosting an event with infected Brazilian officials at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
During the glitzy event, Trump sat beside Fabio Wajngarten, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's communications director, who tested positive for the coronavirus.
Bolsonaro claimed he tested negative for the virus, despite his son's claim that his father was infected.
Although several states – including Washington D.C. – have ordered non-essential workers to stay home, the president routinely interacts with officials on the frontlines of the crisis.
The virus has infected more than 236,300 Americans nationwide and has killed over 5,800.
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