The highest spokeswoman for Vice President Mike Pence and the White House coronavirus task force examined constructive Friday for COVID-19, setting off a scramble to check officers and journalists with whom she labored.
Katie Miller, 25, examined constructive Friday morning after testing unfavorable on Thursday. Earlier within the week, a private valet to Trump examined constructive within the first confirmed case of a staffer contained in the White House contracting the lethal virus.
Miller’s prognosis delayed Pence’s Air Force Two departure to Iowa on Friday morning as six staffers deplaned because of current contact together with her. In the meantime, at the least two reporters uncovered to Miller had been summoned to the White House for a free speedy coronavirus check.
Miller typically sat close to President Trump’s lectern throughout day by day White House coronavirus task force briefings, which abruptly ended final week. She is married to prime Trump adviser and speechwriter Stephen Miller. The couple typically depart the West Wing collectively within the night.
Trump on Friday afternoon confirmed Katie Miller was contaminated. Her id was not initially disclosed.
“She’s an exquisite younger girl, Katie, she examined superb for an extended time period, then hastily in the present day she examined constructive,” Trump instructed reporters.
“She hasn’t come into contact with me. She’s spent a while with the vice chairman,” Trump stated.
“So she examined constructive out of the blue. That is why the entire idea of exams aren’t essentially nice. The exams are good however one thing may occur between a check the place it’s good after which one thing occurs and hastily. She was examined very just lately and examined unfavorable after which in the present day I assume for some purpose, she examined constructive. Mike is aware of about it and Mike has finished what he has to do.”
Trump added that “it may occur anyplace,” however that he’s not anxious.
“I’m not anxious, no, I’m not anxious. Look, I get issues finished, I don’t fear about issues,” Trump stated. “I do what I’ve to do. We’ve taken very robust precautions on the White House and we’re coping with an invisible scenario.”
White House chief of employees Mark Meadows instructed reporters that though many administration officers go mask-free, “as you get nearer to the president, a few of these folks that serve him will put on a masks in these nearer proprieties.”
Miller was among the many West Wing aides who labored and not using a masks. In contrast to Capitol Hill, the place masks grew to become extensively used final month, reporters and employees on the White House didn’t undertake masks en masse till Miller’s prognosis, which prompted journalists on Friday to cowl their noses and mouths for a televised briefing with White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
A senior administration official instructed reporters on Air Force Two, earlier than Miller’s id was revealed, that “the vice chairman and the president haven’t had contact with this particular person just lately.”
“Out of abundance of warning, we went again and appeared into all of the particular person’s contacts most just lately,” the official stated. “That’s why we requested a few of our employees to deplane. No person else was exhibiting any signs or having any feeling of illness. We requested them to go get examined and to go residence out of an abundance of warning.”
McEnany stated on the press briefing Friday that measures are in impact to maintain the virus from spreading amongst employees.
“We have now put in place the rules that our consultants have put ahead to maintain this constructing protected, which suggests contact tracing — the entire really helpful tips we’ve for companies which have important employees we at the moment are setting up right here within the White House,” she stated. “In order America reopens safely, the White House is continuous to function safely.”
Pence and Trump had been retested for COVID-19 this week after the valet to Trump examined constructive for the virus. The person, a member of the US Navy who’s frequently within the West Wing and works as a private assistant to Trump, started experiencing signs of the virus earlier than testing constructive on Wednesday.
A Pence aide beforehand examined constructive for the virus in March as infections soared within the US. That aide had not been in shut contact with the vice chairman, a spokesperson stated.
Aides and journalists near Pence and Trump are examined frequently for the virus utilizing a rapid-results Abbott check that makes use of nasal swab samples.
After Trump’s valet examined constructive, the White House stated Trump and Pence can be examined every single day.