A spokesperson for the Department of Justice confirmed Barr’s decision to the news outlet, although the exact length of Barr’s self-imposed quarantine was not immediately clear.
Kerri Kupec, spokesperson for the Department of Justice, added that Barr had undergone four COVID-19 exposure tests since Friday, all of which returned negative results.
Another request for comment from The Hill was not immediately returned.
Barr told the New York Times through a spokesperson the day before he would not be quarantined, a move made as the Trump administration and the president’s re-election campaign faced a growing scrutiny of their preventive measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic following the announcement on Friday that he and the first lady had tested positive for the virus.
The media has hammered on the president’s allies over the past two days in response to conflicting statements about the president’s condition. The president’s allies have also been criticized for the president’s past reluctance to appear in public while wearing a mask, as well as the Trump campaign’s lack of preventative measures against the spread of the virus.
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