White House deputy press secretary tests positive for COVID

This week, the Washington Examiner reported that yet another member of the Biden administration has come down with COVID-19. 

President Biden not considered a close contact

According to the paper, White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tested positive for the virus after accompanying President Joe Biden on a trip to Belgium and Poland last week.

“I last saw the president during a socially distanced meeting yesterday, and the president is not considered a close contact as defined by CDC guidance,” Jean-Pierre was quoted as saying in a statement.

The deputy press secretary went on to add that she was experiencing mild symptoms and would work from home while isolating.

Jean-Pierre’s diagnosis comes on the heels of a similar announcement earlier this month from White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

Jen Psaki has had two bouts with COVID

Fox News reported that Psaki tested positive on March 22, which prevented her from accompanying the president on his European trip.

“Today, in preparation for travel to Europe, I took a PCR test this morning,” a written statement from Psaki explained. “That test came back positive, which means I will be adhering to CDC guidance and no longer be traveling on the President’s trip to Europe.”

She noted, “I had two socially-distanced meetings with the President yesterday, and the President is not considered a close contact as defined by CDC guidance. I am sharing the news of my positive test today out of an abundance of transparency.”

The Biden administration spokeswoman went on to say that her symptoms were mild, a fact that she attributed to her having been vaccinated.

She concluded by saying, “In alignment with White House COVID-19 protocols, I will work from home and plan to return to work in person at the conclusion of a five-day isolation period and a negative test.”

Fox News pointed out that this was Psaki’s second bout with COVID, the first coming this past fall when she and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas both tested positive within two weeks of each other.

“On Wednesday, in coordination with senior leadership at the White House and the medical team, I made the decision not to travel on the foreign trip with the president due to a family emergency, which was members of my household testing positive for COVID-19,” she said at the time.

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