Trump 'not concerned' as coronavirus cases rise in D.C. area

President Donald Trump shakes hands Saturday before dinner with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla.

PALM BEACH, Fla.—Cases of coronavirus touching on the Washington, D.C., area arose Saturday, but President Donald Trump said he wasn’t concerned that the virus was getting closer to the nation’s capital and the White House.

A Marine at Fort Belvoir, an Army post in Fairfax County, became the first military case of coronavirus reported inside the United States, a Pentagon official said on background prior to the announcement.

The Marine was being treated at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, south of Washington, and had recently returned from an overseas assignment, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a tweet.

The District of Columbia recorded its first case on Saturday. District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said testing at the public health laboratory of the D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences yielded its first presumptive positive coronavirus case.

On Friday, the political group AIPAC said two people who attended its Washington conference this past week had tested positive for coronavirus.

Maryland officials warned Saturday that a person who attended the recent Conservative Political Action Conference in the suburb of Oxon Hill had tested positive for the virus.

Both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the conference, but the White House said there was no indication that either was in close proximity to the infected attendee.

Asked if he was concerned about the virus getting closer, Trump said: “No, I’m not concerned at all. No, I’m not. We’ve done a great job.”

When asked whether he would continue campaign rallies in light of the CPAC case, the president replied, “We’ll have tremendous rallies.” He has a campaign rally coming up next week in Reno, Nevada.

Trump waved off other questions to join a dinner for the president of Brazil, who was visiting Trump in south Florida.

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