Pence’s chief of staff tests positive for coronavirus

Pence’s office said in a statement that the vice president tested negative Saturday, when Marc Short was diagnosed.

10/25/2020 7:25:00 AM

Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, according to the vice president's office. Pence’s office said the vice president tested negative Saturday.

Pence’s office said in a statement that the vice president tested negative Saturday, when Marc Short was diagnosed.

Link CopiedVice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, a sign of the virus returning to the inner circle of the White House's coronavirus task force with just 10 days left in the 2020 election.

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Pence, who tested negative Saturday, will continue to headline campaign events in the coming days even though the vice president’s office acknowledged he “is considered a close contact” with Short.Pence “will maintain his schedule in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel,” said Devin O'Malley, Pence’s press secretary. He said the decision was made in consultation with the White House Medical Unit. "Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence both tested negative for COVID-19 today, and remain in good health," O'Malley said.

Pence is scheduled to travel to North Carolina on Sunday and Wisconsin on Monday, part of a frenzied pace of rallies and other events for the vice president and his boss as they try to make the case for another term amid a worsening pandemic on their watch.

The diagnosis, just weeks after numerous other top White House aides were infected by the virus and President Donald Trump was hospitalized for three days for Covid-19 treatment, is already injecting new focus in the waning days of the 2020 race on the Trump administration's handling of the pandemic. Pence has led the White House’s coronavirus task force since late February, and has regularly served as the administration’s point man to engage to state leaders and argue that the virus was under control.

Pence’s decision not to isolate and to continue traveling to public events offers fresh ammunition to Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, who accuse Trump of failing to take the virus seriously enough. White House staffers, including Short, are often seen without masks and Trump continues to hold massive rallies that flout state guidelines.

At an event Saturday, Biden accused Trump of "doing nothing” even as more than 8.5 million people in the United States have been infected. About 225,000 people have died, and the tally of new daily cases is hitting fresh records.Short, 50, who has spoken out against many coronavirus restrictions, has begun quarantine and assisting in the contact tracing process, according to Pence’s office. Short did not travel with Pence on Saturday. Several staffers deemed to be close contacts with him were pulled from the trip before departure as well, either leaving the plane or not arriving to travel.

Marty Obst, Pence’s top political aide, tested positive in recent days, according to a campaign source. Katie Miller, Pence's communications director and wife of President Donald Trump's top adviser Stephen Miller, tested positive for Covid-19 in May. Short and Obst, who both travel regularly with Pence, did not respond to questions Saturday.

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Pence, who leads the coronavirus task force, appeared Saturday in Lakeland and Tallahassee, Fla. A day earlier he visited his home state of Indiana — where he voted in Indianapolis — along with Ohio and Pennsylvania.Trump announced on Oct. 2 that he tested positive and was taken to Walter Reed medical center for three days of treatment. He resumed his public schedule less than two weeks later and is now engaged in a frenetic campaign schedule, boasting at multiple rallies a day about how he beat the virus. On Saturday, he was in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin.

More than two dozen people with ties to the White House have tested positive, including former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, an outside adviser and debate coach to Trump, and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. First Lady Melania Trump and teenage son Barron also tested positive.

Trump continues to downplay the coronavirus pandemic even as infections are again rising and a dozen states set new records in their case counts."We're rounding the turn," Trump said in North Carolina "We're doing great. Our numbers are incredible."

Gabby Orr and Meridith McGraw contributed. Read more: POLITICO »

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Impossible, we’re rounded the corner. This must be one of those Fake News media things. Just asked the Trump. Sick and desperate Democrats having convulsions when fakenews reports all the BS and anti-Trump rhetoric. Hold on Democrats.....Pence will be tested again tomorrow, mask or no mask. LOL ? and...

Why are you telling us this? How about telling us how many people that work for politico and friends that got Covid! Tell us how many people die from the flu, drunk driving, cigarettes, cancer, diabetes, etc. it is what it is! More bullshit Democrat Propaganda from The source of below Big Lie is Hawkfish Data. 'Hawkfish is a US political data and technology-based agency headquartered in New York City founded by Michael Bloomberg' Yeah right! 100% bullshit!

Anyone supporting a self admitting rapist a true racist and liar deserves to get what the devil will give them. Go ahead Pence, you are in control of yours and trump’s supporters destiny. I say do many more rallies please. Like Trump doesn't give a damn how many he may infect. Everyone is suppose to quarantine 14 days after near contact he had 3 but still going out and not caring . But then like Trump if he does come up positive will get all the meds most of us can't

Imagine if Trump did something different this time, like telling VP Pence to StayHome SelfQuarantine after five members of his staff tested positive for Covid-19. North Carolinians are not expendable & Stumping is not essential work WearAMask WashYourHands Not to trivialize this but could this be the COVID version of the Comey letter? This is terrible news for the White House, and it comes at almost the exact same time Comey’s letter did. According to reports, Mark Meadows tried to keep this info a secret.

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He’s probably the one that infected them. I hear a tiny violin playing In spite of Mike Pence Mike_Pence I hope they all recover. More evidence that Pence is not human. I wonder if they are giving Pence antibodies. And they would never lie. Hoping for a quick recovery A new report from Columbia University on COVID-19 deaths estimates that hundreds of thousands of Americans died because the United States’ response to the pandemic was an “abject failure,” particularly the actions of President Donald Trump.

😂😂😂😂😂 if the head of the coronavirus task force can’t keep his people, including POTUS safe, what makes you think they can keep anyone safe? He can’t. They won’t. They don’t give a flying f*ck about you. You are on your own SO, wear a mask, physically distance and WASH. Crabs at the ready GOPSuperSpreaders

The entire realDonaldTrump administration is a toxic biohazard waste dump. TrumpVirus Lies lies lies Remember Short's counterpart, RonaldKlain, not getting H1N1? Same. Pence is so handsome. Prayers & well wishes for a speedy recovery.🙏 Infectious Whitehouse.

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Marc Short, Pence chief of staff, tests positive for the coronavirusWhite House: vice president to maintain travel schedule. I can tell by the pic ..... He's ill. Congratulations.

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Pence's Chief of Staff, Campaign Adviser Test Positive for CoronavirusThe vice president has tested negative and has decided not to quarantine. He is scheduled to campaign in North Carolina on Sunday and in Minnesota on Monday. Ey yo wats Covid-19 Birds of a feather... Remarkably irresponsible.

Pence chief of staff Marc Short tests positive for coronavirusMarc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, has been diagnosed with Covid-19, the Vice President's office announced in a statement, marking the second top Pence aide to test positive this week. Wear a mask! Trump the president - Super spreader, downplays virus Pence COVID task force head - surrounded by infected people Scott Atlas Trump covid advisor - His anti-mask tweet was removed by Twitter. These 3 guys are going to save us? Probably got AIDS too hanging out with Pence.

Mike Pence's Top Aide Tested Positive For Coronavirus And The Vice President Will Keep CampaigningThe vice president tested negative on Saturday, his office said. Ew, Politics He will be fine Kinda looks like he's laughing about this.