Pence will not self-quarantine and plans to be in the White House on Monday

Pence will not isolate after aide tests positive for Covid-19

Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley said the vice president “will continue to follow the advice of the White House medical unit and is not in quarantine.”

“In addition, Vice President Pence has tested negative every day and plans to be in the White House tomorrow,” said O’Malley in the statement.

The announcement comes as the White House continues to urge governors to start reopening their states even when the virus has approached the west wing with news that top members of the coronavirus task force will self-quarantine , in some form, after coming into contact with an individual who has tested positive for the virus.

An official said there is extreme sensitivity within the White House to the current state of affairs, with officials acknowledging the contradiction in telling states to reopen while the White House improves protocols to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The official said that Pence’s program will likely be lighter in the coming days, but that he is not making a full quarantine.

These steps come after President Donald Trump confirmed Friday that Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, has proven positive for the virus. The president stated that Miller had not come in contact with him, but noted that she had been in contact with Pence.

“She is a wonderful young woman, Katie, who has tested very well over a long period of time and then suddenly tested positive,” said Trump during a meeting with Republican members of Congress in the White House.

The news of Miller’s positive test made everyone nervous in the west wing of the White House, a White House source had previously told CNN.

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The source said that Miller’s nature is to communicate in person, so as to establish many contacts in person during his daily work. The source added that West Wing staff are concerned that Trump’s senior consultant husband Stephen Miller also works in the building and has inevitably been exposed.

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Government spokesman Alex Azar and American Secretary General Jerome Adams both tested the virus negatively. They currently have no plans to self-quarantine.

HHS spokesman Caitlan Oakley said that Azar “will follow the advice of his doctors at the White House Medical Unit.”

And a surgeon general spokesman said: “Surgeon general Adams was last tested for COVID-19 on Friday May 8, and the results were negative. He was not in contact with anyone who had tested positive and at the moment he has had no known exposure to the virus.

“Dr. Adams already attends practically most meetings and events and will continue to do so. If the White House Medical Unit recommends any change in Dr. Adams’ practices, he will of course comply.”

Trump’s mood

In conversations this weekend, Trump expressed concern that helpers contracting the coronavirus would undermine his message that the epidemic is waning and that states should start reopening, according to a person who spoke to him.

Trump expressed frustration that two White House staff members had tested positive for coronavirus and asked why his waiters were not ordered to wear masks earlier this week, according to the person.

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Trump believes that an economic rebound will only come when governors decide to lift restrictions and is concerned about any sign that the virus is resurrecting.

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At the same time, the President told people that he doesn’t want to be around anyone who hasn’t been tested and irritated when he came in contact with some people in the White House, according to the person who spoke to him.

This story has been updated with further developments.

Kevin Bohn of CNN contributed to this report.


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