An aide to VP Pence tested positive for the coronavirus, the second administration staffer known to have become infected.
That person was Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, reports CBS News who is married to top senior White House aid and nightmare person, Steven Miller. Katie joined Pence’s office last year from the Department of Homeland Security.
Pence’s flight to Des Moines was delayed by roughly an hour this morning, although the staffer who tested positive was not expected to travel with the vice president. It was not immediately clear if the flight delay was due to the Pence staff member’s positive coronavirus test.
According to Newsweek,
The confirmation that Miller had tested positive for COVID-19 came shortly before Trump’s met with members of Congress at the White House to discuss how to continue moving forward with the country’s coronavirus response. Before the meeting began, McEnany addressed concerns raised about the safety of visiting the White House at a time when two staff members have recently tested positive.
“We have put in place the guidelines that our experts have put forward to keep this building safe, which means contact tracing,” McEnany said during her Friday briefing. “All the recommended guidelines we have for businesses that have essential workers we are now putting in place here in the White House. As America reopens safely, the White House is continuing to operate safely.”
Pence also continued with his agenda Friday after news of Miller’s positive diagnosis broke. As Trump met with members of Congress in Washington, D.C., the vice president headed to Iowa to discuss the ways in which the agricultural community was handling the pandemic and implementing safety practices in the workplace.
Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst of Iowa, as well as Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, were traveling with Pence on Friday to discuss the impact of the coronavirus on the food supply.
The White House said yesterday that Trump’s personal valet, who works in the West Wing serving the president his meals had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Trump said that the White House would be increasing its testing from once a week to once a day. Trump also said he and Pence tested negative on Wednesday and Thursday.
Come on coronavirus, comin’ through in the West Wing!
Rudnick nails it again…
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