The Trump administration has denied that Vice President Mike Pence is under formal coronavirus quarantine, but there are reports that he’s being extra careful in the wake of recent developments in and around his inner circle.
According to the Washington Examiner, Pence will be “voluntarily limiting his exposure” after a week in which multiple White House staffers tested positive for COVID-19, including at least one who works closely with the VP.
Pence press secretary “doing well”
Among those found to be infected was the vice president’s press secretary, Katie Miller, who spoke of her illness on Friday evening via Twitter.
“Thank you for all your prayers and well wishes,” she tweeted. “I’m doing well and look forward to getting back to work for the American people.”
Meanwhile, NBC News cited an anonymous official who agreed that the vice president is being extra careful but will stop short of undergoing a full quarantine.
The unnamed figured said that “for a day or two” Pence planned to “give a little distance,” and remain “a little low key,” but added that his actions wouldn’t necessarily extend into next week.
Bloomberg News reported that the vice president did not attend a meeting on Saturday with President Trump and some high ranking military officers. The news service also said that two others who had been scheduled to attend didn’t appear either after having been exposed to individuals who have tested positive for the illness.
Daily testing continues
The White House has made clear that Pence is not subject to any quarantine requirements but will abide by guidance from medical officials.
“Vice President Pence will continue to follow the advice of the White House Medical Unit and is not in quarantine,” his spokesman Devin O’Malley explained, according to The New York Times.
“Additionally,” O’Malley added, “Vice President Pence has tested negative every single day and plans to be at the White House tomorrow.”
Last week, the White House confirmed that a Navy officer who works as one of the president’s personal valets was found to be infected with the illness, according to The Hill.
Further, a personal assistant to Ivanka Trump was revealed on Friday to have coronavirus, Business Insider reported. However, the individual in question is said to have already been working remotely for some time and thus posed no risk of infecting the president’s daughter.