Pence’s press secretary exams optimistic for coronavirus, Trump says

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Miller is now the second White Home employees member recognized to have examined optimistic for the coronavirus this week, after considered one of Trump’s private valets examined optimistic on Thursday.

“She’s an exquisite younger lady, Katie, she examined superb for a protracted time frame after which unexpectedly at the moment she examined optimistic,” Trump stated throughout a gathering with Republican members of Congress on the White Home.

The President stated that Miller has not come into contact with him however famous that she has been in touch with Pence.

Miller was ceaselessly in touch with members of the press, and the White Home is now making extra coronavirus testing obtainable to journalists, a White Home official informed CNN’s Jim Acosta.

Katie Miller is married to Trump’s senior adviser, Stephen Miller.

The announcement got here following an hour-long delay to Pence’s Friday morning flight to Iowa, when people had been seen exiting Air Pressure Two earlier than the airplane lifted off of the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews simply outdoors Washington.

A senior administration official informed the press pool aboard Air Pressure Two {that a} Pence staffer, who they didn’t title on the time, examined damaging for the coronavirus Thursday and optimistic Friday morning. Katie Miller, who was not on the airplane, had presumably been in touch with six individuals scheduled to fly on the journey, and so they had been eliminated earlier than takeoff, in keeping with a senior administration official.

The pool was informed later Friday afternoon that everybody who deplaned had been examined for the coronavirus and had examined damaging.

The information of Katie Miller’s optimistic check has left everybody within the West Wing of the White Home genuinely nervous, one White Home supply informed CNN. The supply stated Katie Miller’s nature is to speak in particular person so she makes a lot of in-person contacts throughout her day-to-day work. The supply added that West Wing staffers are involved as a result of her husband additionally works within the constructing and has been inevitably uncovered.

Bloomberg Information first reported the coronavirus case earlier Friday.
One of Trump's personal valets has tested positive for coronavirus

The vice chairman, who leads the White Home coronavirus activity power, traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, to take part in a dialogue with religion leaders on accountable spiritual and religious gatherings, adopted by a roundtable on securing the meals provide.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, in addition to Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst had been additionally on Air Pressure Two with Pence for the journey.

About 10 members of Pence’s employees are examined day by day, the senior administration official informed the press pool, including that “the vice chairman and the President haven’t had contact with this particular person just lately.”

The official stated Pence was final examined Friday morning.

Friday’s case marks the second time the White Home has stated a Pence employees member has examined optimistic for the coronavirus. The primary examined optimistic in March.

On Thursday, CNN reported {that a} member of the US Navy who serves as considered one of Trump’s private valets examined optimistic for the coronavirus.

The valets are members of an elite army unit devoted to the White Home who typically work very near the President and first household, aiding them with a wide range of private duties. They’re chargeable for the President’s meals and beverage not solely within the West Wing however additionally they journey with him when he is on the street or overseas.

Trump was upset when he was knowledgeable Wednesday that the valet had examined optimistic, a supply informed CNN, and the President was subsequently examined once more by the White Home doctor.

The President additionally stated he’d had “little or no private contact” with the person.

Following the information of the valet’s sickness, Trump stated he can be examined for the coronavirus day by day. Pence, White Home employees and people who are available contact with the President shall be examined day by day, too.

Trump stated earlier than touring aboard Air Pressure One earlier this week that he was not involved about being in shut quarters with different individuals since these round him are often examined.

However a damaging check and lack of signs aren’t certain indicators that somebody cannot unfold the virus.

Medical doctors say the incubation interval for the coronavirus varies. The incubation interval is the time that it takes from if you end up uncovered to the virus to creating signs. It ranges anyplace from 2-14 days. The common incubation interval is estimated to be 5 days, in keeping with the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.

Throughout a latest journey to the Mayo Clinic, Pence didn’t put on a face masks, regardless of being informed concerning the clinic’s coverage saying they’re required. Pence informed reporters that he wasn’t sporting a masks as a result of he is typically examined for coronavirus. However a couple of days later, Pence stated he ought to have worn a masks.
Trump additionally declined to put on a masks this week throughout parts of his tour of a mask-making facility in Arizona.

CNN’s Jason Hoffman and Vivian Salama contributed to this report.

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