The coronavirus pandemic has now infected the White House and the administration of President Donald Trump.
The spokesperson for Vice President Mike Pence, Katie Miller, has been infected with coronavirus, Politico reported.
“Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes. I’m doing well and look forward to getting back to work for the American people,” she said in a tweet.
Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes. I’m doing well and look forward to getting back to work for the American people. 🇺🇸
— Katie Miller (@VPPressSec) May 9, 2020
The diagnosis began fears of coronavirus protocol at the White House, particularly with people close to the president and vice president.
President Trump expressed his concerns for Miller, whose husband is senior policy advisor Stephen Miller when speaking to reporters.
“She’s a wonderful young woman, Katie, she tested very good for a long period of time,” the president said on Friday during a White House meeting with congressional Republicans.
“And then all of the sudden today she tested positive. She hasn’t come into contact with me. She’s spent some time with the vice president,” he said.
“This is why the whole concept of tests aren’t necessarily great,” the president continued. “The tests are perfect, but something can happen between a test where it’s good and then something happens and all of the sudden.
“She was tested very recently and tested negative, and then today I guess for some reason she tested positive. So Mike knows about it and Mike has done what he has to do. I think he is on an airplane, going to some far away place, but you’ll be able to ask him later on. But they’ve taken all of the necessary precautions. I understand Mike has been tested, vice president, and he tested negative,” he said.
President Trump is so close to the Miller couple that he attended their wedding in February 2020 at the Trump International Hotel, where he stayed at the party for roughly two hours and delivered a short speech to toast them.
He has worked closely with Stephen Miller – one of the key architects of his administration’s immigration policy – since the 2016 campaign.
Katie Miller’s positive diagnosis of Covid-19 comes as the president promotes the re-opening of the economy in more than a dozen states and as he has started to travel outside of the White House again. This past week, he visited a Honeywell factory in Arizona where he toured the plant without wearing a face mask.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany earlier on Friday confirmed that a member of the vice president’s team had tested positive for coronavirus — just one day after one of the president’s personal valets contracted the illness — although she did not specify who the person was.
Pence had his trip to Iowa delayed this week after it was discovered that Miller was infected with the virus.
The flight had to be delayed as six of the vice president’s staffers who were in contact with Miller were removed from Air Force Two.