Trump 'not concerned' over coronavirus after conference attendee tests positive

The president said they've "done a great job" with the COVID-19 outbreak, as Sen. Ted Cruz voluntarily self-quarantined after a conservative conference where he shook hands with an infected attendee.
2:48 | 03/09/20

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In Washington the coronavirus crisis has consumed the white house and now it's hitting even closer to home. The president and vice president both appeared at an event where one attendee tested positive for the virus. Our senior white house correspondent Cecilia Vega has the latest and the president's team has struggled to stay on the same -- Reporter: He increasingly becomes more agitated sending his own messages saying the hysteria surrounding the coronavirus is designed to hurt him politically. This morning, the nation's capital reporting its first cases of coronavirus but president trump says he's not worried. Are you concerned that the virus is getting closer to the white house? No, I'm not. Reporter: It comes after a man who attended aonservative conference just outside Washington last week also tested positive. The president and vice president among the speakers, but while the white house says there is no indication they were in close proximity to the attend DI Texas senator Ted Cruz says he D briefly speak to and shake hands with the infected man. Cruz says he feels fine but he' now under voluntary self-quarantine at home. And this morning, the trump administration under fe for mixed messages. The president says his rallies will go on. We will have tremendous rallies. Reporter: From the top infectious disease expert this warning -- If we continue to see the community spread go up I think you need to look at anything that's a large gathering. Reporter: About that cruise ship off the coast of San Francisco. If it were up to me I would be inclined to say leave everybody on the ship for a period of time and you use the ship as your base. Absolutely not. I recommended very strongly in our meetings we get those people off that ship. Reporter: Members of the president's coronavirus task force struggling to answer questions. They are coming up with a plan within 72 hours of that The ship's docking tomorrow. The plan will be in place by that time. But I don't want to preview the plan right now. Shouldn't you be able to do that? I think it needs to all come from a solitary source. Reporter: The president is adamant there are enough tests to go around. They have the tests. And the tests are beautiful. Anybody that needs a test gets a test. Reporter: At that hard hit nursing home in Washington state a spokesman said that's not the case. We still are not testing our employees inside. We don't have test kits to do we would like to be able to test our employees. Reporter: Now white house aides are not saying whether anyone here including the president himself has been tested but they do say, George, that every precaution is being taken to keep the president, the first family and the white house complex safe. Okay, Cecilia, thanks.

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