United States Vice President Mike Pence’s spokesperson Katie Miller, has tested positive for coronavirus.
Miller, also serves as a spokesperson for the White House Coronavirus Task Force positive diagnosis for Covid-19 puts the potential threat of the infection squarely into the president’s inner circle.
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.
The diagnosis of Katie Miller, who is married to White House immigration adviser and speech writer Stephen Miller, was revealed by Trump in a meeting with Republican lawmakers on Friday, a day after news that Trump’s personal valet had tested positive for the virus.
Following Miller’s diagnosis, Trump, the vice president, and most White House staff including Miller’s husband Stephen are now getting tested on a daily basis, a change in policy made this week, Mail Online reported.
‘She’s wonderful young woman,’ Trump said. ‘Katie tested very good for a long period of time and then – all of a sudden – today she tested positive. She hasn’t come into contact with me but spent some time with the vice president.’
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.”
Trump and Pence maintain busy public schedules. The vice president, who has led the coronavirus task force, flew to Iowa on Friday to meet with faith leaders about holding “responsible” gatherings and to discuss the food supply at Midwestern grocery chain Hy-Vee Inc’s headquarters.