A staffer in vice president Mike Pence’s office has tested positive for the coronavirus. This is not the first time a staffer in the VP’s office has tested positive. The first case came in March when a staffer tested positive. This is the second case.
White House press secretary told the gathered media personnel about the situation. She assured the media that every prescribed guideline was being followed to keep the building safe.
The vice president is currently in Iowa to meet faith leaders about the possibility of easing lockdown guidelines. He will also later meet food supply and agricultural leaders to discuss how supply chains can be made more secure during the pandemic.
Both the president and the vice president tested negative after this new case surfaced.
Coronavirus Precautions in the White House
Currently, the White House is making every effort to secure both the president and the vice president from the virus. On Thursday, a personal valet of the president tested positive for coronavirus sending fears about the safety standards in the White House. Another staffer in the VP’s office testing positive is most likely going to raise concerns about the standards further.
President Trump confirmed today he will get a coronavirus antibodies test.
Reopening Anytime Soon?
While the pandemic refuses to subside, the president has repeatedly made his desire to quickly reopen the country soon.
Trump’s eagerness to reopen has made the reopening exercise increasingly political. While Democrats are preaching caution, GOP lawmakers are showing solidarity with those reopening their businesses or protesting lockdown extensions.
The most concerning part about the reopening plan is that the White House Task Force won’t account for CDC guidelines.
In April, the White House Task Force asked the CDC to provide guidelines to reopen the country. However, it now appears the Task Force won’t follow the guidelines outlined by the CDC. An official in the White House claimed the guidelines were too ‘prescriptive’, according to a CNN report.
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