U.S. President Donald Trump said he "tested very positively" for COVID-19, meaning his test results came back negative, and he did not have the coronavirus disease.
In late May 2020, readers searched the Snopes.com website questioning the veracity of a statement attributed to U.S. President Donald Trump, as quoted in a widely shared tweet posted by Washington Post journalist Felicia Sommez:
Trump made the remark on May 21, 2020, on the South Lawn of the White House, as he was about to depart on Marine One for Michigan, where he toured a Ford manufacturing facility. Trump was responding to a reporter who asked how long the president expected to take hydroxychloroquine, a drug that Trump has been promoting as a potential treatment for COVID-19 without medical evidence for its safety or efficacy.
Here is a transcription of the exchange between the reporter and Trump, per WhiteHouse.gov:
Q Sir, how long do you expect take hydroxychloroquine?
THE PRESIDENT: I think it’s another day. I had a two-week regimen of hydroxychloroquine. And I’ve taken it, I think, just about two weeks. I think it’s another day. And I’m still here. I’m still here. And I tested very positively in a — in another sense.
So, this morning —
THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. I tested positively toward negative, right? So, no, I tested perfectly this morning, meaning — meaning I tested negative.
Q Have you taken the antibody test yet?
THE PRESIDENT: But that’s a way of saying it: positively toward the negative.
Q Have you taken the antibody test yet, sir?
THE PRESIDENT: No, I have not.
Because Trump did make the comment and it was reflected accurately by the tweet in question, we rate this claim “Correct Attribution.”