Pence aide becomes second White House staffer to test positive for COVID-19 this week

Vice President Mike Pence is now short a staffer. Recent reports revealed that Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, has tested positive for the coronavirus. 

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany made the announcement on Friday, marking the second case of the virus within the Trump administration this week.

“We have put in place the guidelines our experts have put forward to keep this building safe,” McEnany said.

“Out of the blue”

She went on to confirm that the White House “is continuing to operate safely” by practicing the safety measures recommended for the nation’s essential workers. Trump addressed the situation, confirming later in the day that Pence’s press secretary had tested positive.

“It’s the press person, tested positive out of the blue,” he said. “This is why the concept of tests are necessary.”

While the president stressed he had not been near Miller, news earlier in the week revealed that his valet had contracted the virus. White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley confirmed the news in a statement on Thursday.

“We were recently notified by the White House Medical Unit that a member of the United States Military, who works on the White House campus, has tested positive for coronavirus,” he explained.

After telling reporters that the two men “had very little contact” prior to the Navy valet’s positive test results, Trump acknowledged that they were in the same room on Tuesday.

“Thank you for all your prayers”

A third case of coronavirus within Trump’s orbit was announced on Friday and involved a personal assistant to the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump. Reports indicate the individual had been working remotely for weeks and posed no apparent risk to Ivanka Trump or her husband, Trump administration adviser Jared Kushner.

Miller addressed her diagnosis in a tweet Friday evening.

“Thank you for all your prayers and well wishes,” she wrote. “I’m doing well and look forward to getting back to work for the American people.”

Fortunately, Trump and other top administration officials remain free of the virus as of their latest tests. These recent cases prove, however, that no environment can be completely immune to this pandemic.

The economic toll is just as real for millions of Americans, so it is becoming clearer that getting back to work as safely and quickly as possible might be the only way to respond to this new invisible enemy.

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