Eighty-seven-year-old Sen. Chuck Grassley — who as the most senior Republican in the chamber is third in the line of succession to the presidency — will not be tested for coronavirus despite three of his GOP colleagues being positive and spending last week on Capitol Hill with the infected senators.
“Sen. Grassley’s doctors have not recommended he be tested as he has not come into close contact with anyone suspected of having or confirmed to have coronavirus,” his aide Michael Zona said, suggesting that while Grassley was near and around those sick senators his contact with them was not close enough or long enough to warrant getting tested.
Grassley’s decision is different than other top officials above and below him in the line of succession — like Vice President Mike Pence, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and key members of the President’s Cabinet — who are being tested regularly, especially now that President Donald Trump has contracted the disease.
But it puts Grassley in line with some GOP senators who told CNN they don’t believe they need to be tested based on US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Capitol Physician guidelines, despite working alongside members who are positive for the disease.
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