The White House on has confirmed a second person has tested positive for the coronavirus this week, now in Vice President Pence’s office, as both the president and his No. 2 have recently begun traveling again.
Pence spokeswoman Katie Miller tested positive for the virus on Friday, after having tested negative Thursday.
President Trump told reporters Friday that Miller hasn’t come into contact with him but has “spent some time” with the vice president.
“She is a wonderful young woman, Katie,” he said. “She tested very good for a long period of time. And then all of a sudden today she tested positive.”
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“So, she tested positive out of the blue,” he continued. “This is why the whole concept of tests aren’t necessarily, right, the tests are perfect but something can happen between a test where it’s good and then something happens and then all of a sudden, she was tested very recently and tested negative.”
The discovery caused Pence’s departure to Iowa on Friday morning to be delayed by more than an hour, a senior administration official told reporters traveling on Air Force Two with Pence.