His spokesman tested positive for covid-19 on Friday and Trump’s number two follows in the footsteps of three members of the crisis task force who have also isolated themselves.
United States Vice President Mike Pence has been placed in isolation after his press secretary, Katie Miller, tested positive for covid-19 last Friday. This was announced by Bloomberg this Sunday afternoon. Sources quoted by the Associated Press also assure that the vice president is voluntarily limiting his contacts with other people. The announcement comes after three members of the White House coronavirus task force, including epidemiologist Anthony Fauci, also decided to quarantine for being in contact with Miller. Another person close to President Trump, a military personal assistant, also tested positive last week, forcing extreme caution at the White House.
“Vice President Pence will continue to follow the advice of the White House medical unit and is not in quarantine,” said his spokesman Devin O’Malley. “Also, Vice President Pence has tested negative every day and plans to be in the White House tomorrow.”
Pence, 60, in charge of coordinating the response to the coronavirus emergency, has tested negative for a diagnostic test carried out this Sunday, according to sources quoted by Bloomberg. Both he and the president regularly undergo diagnostic tests. Pence has remained at his residence at the United States Naval Observatory in Washington in an exercise of utmost caution, according to Bloomberg sources. On Saturday afternoon, he did not attend a scheduled meeting with the president and military commands.
Miller, Pence’s press secretary, is the primary spokesperson for the coronavirus task force that Pence coordinates. He has been in the Oval Office almost daily, at least until two weeks ago the daily press conferences stopped, and the same Thursday he was in the emergency room of the White House, one of the most protected rooms in the country . On Friday, after Miller tested positive, the vice president traveled to Iowa, and six members of his team who had been in direct contact with the spokeswoman were forced to disembark from Air Force Two.