U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is not planning to enter self-quarantine after his press secretary tested positive for coronavirus last Friday and plans to be at the White House on Monday, his office said on Sunday.
Pence spokesperson Devin O'Malley said the vice president "will continue to follow the advice of the White House Medical Unit and is not in quarantine."
"Additionally, Vice President Pence has tested negative every single day and plans to be at the White House tomorrow," O'Malley said in the statement.
An official said there is extreme sensitivity inside the White House at the current state of affairs with officials recognizing the contradiction in telling states to reopen while the White House enhances protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The official said Pence's schedule will probably be on the lighter side in the coming days, but that he's not doing a full self-quarantine.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's spokesperson, Katie Miller, tested positive for the coronavirus, President Donald Trump confirmed Friday.
Calling the person in question a "press person," Trump said during a meeting with congressional Republicans that "Katie, she tested very good for a long period of time and then all of a sudden today she tested positive. She hasn't come into contact with me," Trump said, referring to Miller, wife of his senior adviser and speechwriter, Stephen Miller. "She's spent some time with the vice president."
The president said Pence knew about Miller's infection and "has done what he has to do." Miller is the second staffer in Pence's office to test positive for the virus after an aide's positive test in March.
Miller was frequently in contact with members of the press, and the White House is now making more coronavirus testing available to journalists.
The announcement came following an hour-long delay to Pence's Friday morning flight to Iowa, when individuals were seen exiting Air Force Two before the plane lifted off of the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews just outside Washington.
Miller's positive test came just one day after she tested negative. Trump and Pence also tested negative for the virus Thursday, following the confirmation that a personal valet to Trump tested positive.
Miller's infection with the coronavirus raised fresh concerns about possible transmission of the contagion among senior administration officials. Trump, however, said he was not worried, adding that "strong precautions" had been taken in the White House.
Trump on Friday attended a public event at the World War Two memorial with elderly veterans where neither Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, the veterans nor military officials seen at the ceremony wore masks.
The president said he was not concerned because he was "very far away from them." "Plus the wind was blowing so hard in such a direction that if the plague ever reached them, I'd be very surprised,” Trump said.
Ivanka Trump's personal assistant has tested positive for coronavirus, a source familiar with the matter told CNN. The assistant, who works in a personal capacity for US President Donald Trump’s daughter, has not been around Ivanka Trump in several weeks. She has been teleworking for nearly two months and was tested out of caution, the source said. She was not symptomatic.
Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner both tested negative on Friday, the person familiar with the matter told CNN.