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The White House confirmed President Trump's plans to travel to New Jersey despite an order by the governor requiring visitors who have been in states with high numbers of coronavirus cases to quarantine for 14 days.
“The president of the United States is not a civilian,” said White House spokesman Judd Deere. “Anyone who is in close proximity to him, including staff, guests and press are tested for COVID-19 and confirmed to be negative.With regard to Arizona, the White House followed its COVID mitigation plan to ensure the president did not come into contact with anyone who was symptomatic or had not been tested,” Deere said in a statement
“Anyone traveling in support of the president this weekend will be closely monitored for symptoms and tested for COVID and therefore pose little to no risk to the local populations.”
The president is expected to travel this weekend to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. In past visits to the club, he has flown on Air Force One to airports in Newark and Morristown.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, along with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, on Wednesday announced that visitors from states with large numbers of coronavirus cases would be required to quarantine for two weeks, or face fines.
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