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Trump Will Not Follow NJ Coronavirus Quarantine Order, White House Says

“The president of the United States is not a civilian,” said White House spokesman Judd Deere

凤凰棋牌President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a dinner with business leaders in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Aug. 7, 2018.
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The White House said Wednesday that President  will not change his plan to travel to New Jersey this weekend  by the governor requiring visitors who have been in states with high 

"The president of the United States is not a civilian," said White House spokesman Judd Deere, when asked about Trump’s compliance with the quarantine order given his travel Tuesday to Arizona, 

"Anyone who is in close proximity to him, including staff, guests, and press are tested for COVID-19 and confirmed to be negative," Deere said in a statement.

 to ensure the President did not come into contact with anyone who was symptomatic or had not been tested," the spokesman added.

"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."

Trump is the commander in chief of the U.S. military, but he has never been a member of the military. 

 to his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. 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.

"This is the smart thing to do. We have taken our people ... through hell and back," Murphy told reporters during a conference call Wednesday.

A spokesman for Murphy declined to comment on the White House’s statement about Trump’s visit to the Garden State.

Cuomo during the same conference call with Murphy said, "We worked very hard to get the viral transmission rate down. We don’t want to see it go up because a lot of people come into this region and they can literally bring the infection with them."

"Because what happens in New York happens in New Jersey and happens in Connecticut," Cuomo said.

, two of whom were Secret Service agents. Two of the other people who tested positive did so after working at the rally, in contrast to the other six, whose test results came before the event occurred.

- Additional reporting by CNBC’s 

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