The White House has said Vice President Mike Pence plans to keep up a forceful campaign plan this week despite a few individuals from his inner circle, including his chief of staff, testing positive for COVID.
Pence’s spokesperson uncovered on Saturday that Marc Short, Pence’s chief-of-staff, tested positive for the coronavirus. According to his spokesperson, Pence and the second lady, Karen, tested negative earlier, and the vice president won’t adjust his timetable. A news report revealed that few different individuals from his inward circle had additionally tested positive lately.
In a statement, the spokesperson said that regardless of close contact with COVID positives, VP Pence will “maintain his schedule in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel.” The campaign team’s decision is based on the “consultation with the White House Medical Unit,” as cited in a news report.
Pence has a bustling itinerary for the campaign ahead with only ten days left until the election, which includes stops for North Carolina and Minnesota on Sunday and North and South Carolina on Tuesday, as indicated by the Trump campaign.
After his plane arrived at Joint Base Andrews, President Donald Trump remarked on Short early Sunday.
“I found out about it a little while ago. What’s more, I believe he’s isolating. Better believe it. I caught wind of it. He will be fine. Be that as it may, he’s isolating.”President Donald Trump
Infectious disease expert Saskia Popescu called Pence’s choice to travel careless, paying little mind to the expressed justification that Pence is an essential worker.
“It’s just an insult to everybody who has been working in public health and public health response… I also find it really harmful and disrespectful to the people going to the rally… He needs to be staying home 14 days. Campaign events are not essential.”Saskia Popescu
Since late February, as the White House COVID team, vice president Pence has repeatedly wound up in an awkward position, offsetting political worries with the organization’s taking care of the pandemic that has killed more than 220,000 Americans.
The vice president has mandated wearing face masks and social distancing, yet frequently doesn’t wear one himself and holds enormous political functions where numerous individuals don’t wear face masks.