Pence tests negative for COVID, vice president’s office says

Following the announcement that President Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesman for Vice President Mike Pence announced Friday that Pence and his wife Karen had tested negative.

“As has been routine for months, Vice President Pence is tested for COVID-19 every day,” wrote Devin O’Malley, Pence’s press secretary. “This morning, Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for COVID-19. Vice President Pence remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery.”

12 PHOTOSVP Mike Pence AbroadSee GalleryVP Mike Pence AbroadU.S. Vice President Mike Pence listens to Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela while delivering a joint message at the Presidential Palace in Panama City, Panama, August 17, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos LemosPanama’s President Juan Carlos Varela (L) and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence deliver a joint message at the Presidential Palace in Panama City, Panama, August 17, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos LemosPanama’s deputy Foreign Minister Luis Hincapie (R) talks to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence upon his arrival to the Tocumen international airport in Panama City, Panama, August 17, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos LemosU.S. Vice President Mike Pence (R) shakes hands with Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela after delivering a joint message at the Presidential Palace in Panama City, Panama, August 17, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos LemosChile’s President Michelle Bachelet and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence meet at the government house in Santiago, Chile August 16, 2017.REUTERS/Esteban Felix/PoolU.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrives to meet with Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet (not pictured) at the government house in Santiago, Chile August 16, 2017. REUTERS/Ivan AlvaradoU.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen arrive at the International Airport of Santiago, ChileAugust 16, 2017. REUTERS/Rodrigo GarridoArgentina’s Vice President Gabriela Michetti and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence shake hands at the Eva Peron hall inside The Casa Rosada Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina August 15, 2017.REUTERS/Marcos BrindicciA man holds a sign that reads “Pence, get out – Trump, get out” during a protest outside the U.S. Embassy against the visit by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in Buenos Aires, Argentina August 15, 2017.REUTERS/Marcos BrindicciU.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks next to Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri during a news conference at the Olivos Presidential Residence in Buenos Aires, Argentina August 15, 2017.REUTERS/Marcos BrindicciArgentina’s President Mauricio Macri and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence shake hands at the Olivos Presidential Residence in Buenos Aires, Argentina August 15, 2017.REUTERS/Marcos BrindicciColombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos greets U.S. Vice President Mike Pence after his arrival in Cartagena, Colombia August 13, 2017. Colombian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS -THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.Up Next

See Gallery

Just before 1 a.m. Friday, Trump announced that both he and the First Lady had tested positive for the virus, a few hours after Bloomberg reported that Trump’s close aide Hope Hicks had tested positive for the virus. Trump and his team had been traveling the country for the campaign, generally not wearing masks. At the first presidential debate on Tuesday, held at the Cleveland Clinic, members of Trump’s delegation refused to wear masks in the audience, in violation of health regulations in Ohio.

Pence tweeted wishing the president and first lady a speedy recovery.

Source: Read Full Article