In light of the revelation this week that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus, they announced that they would begin a period of self-isolation.
As for Vice President Mike Pence, however, he has reportedly tested negative for the virus and will continue to do his part on the campaign trail in the final weeks before Election Day, as reported by The Hill.
“Case by case”
News of the president’s illness immediately upended the 2020 campaign season, and his subsequent hospitalization added further uncertainty to the remaining month of the race.
Over the course of Thursday and Friday, several other top advisers and congressional allies announced they had also tested positive for COVID-19.
Among those advisers was Trump 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien, who revealed his diagnosis in a statement that provided an update regarding what the campaign intended to do amid the sudden health crisis.
His plan included postponing or otherwise altering events that had already been scheduled for the presidents and members of his family, as well as considering other planned events by campaign surrogates on a “case by case basis.”
“All previously announced campaign events involving the President’s participation are in the process of being moved to virtual events or are being temporarily postponed,” Stepien wrote. “In addition, previously announced events involving members of the First Family are also being temporarily postponed.”
“Resuming his scheduled campaign events”
As of Saturday, the president’s doctor said he was “doing very well,” but warned that he could still face serious effects from the virus over the next several days.
Based on Pence’s activities in recent days, he appears to be exempt from postponements or cancelations. The vice president’s physician released a statement indicating that he had not been close enough to the president to require a quarantine.
“Vice President Mike Pence, who has tested negative for COVID-19, plans on resuming his scheduled campaign events,” Stepien added. “Any further information about the President will come from the White House.”
While he might still be planning campaign events — including a debate with Sen. Kamala Harris — in support of Trump’s re-election, Pence made it clear where his priorities lie.
“Karen and I send our love and prayers to our dear friends President [Trump] and [first lady] Melania Trump,” he tweeted. “We join millions across America praying for their full and swift recovery. God bless you President Trump & our wonderful First Lady Melania.”