The US is currently the global epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, which the World Health Organization designated a pandemic in March. But and several Republican lawmakers are already moving to loosen social distancing guidelines and reopen businesses.
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Earlier this week, one of President Donald ’s Oval Office valets tested positive for the virus. And on Friday, it surfaced that Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary and the wife of White House adviser Stephen Miller, also tested positive.
“She tested very good for a long period of time, and then all of a sudden today she tested positive,” he said of Miller. “She hasn’t come into contact with me. She’s spent some time with the vice president.”
Pence made headlines last week when he violated the Mayo Clinic’s policy by not wearing a mask while visiting patients at the hospital.
The Mayo Clinic tweeted but then deleted a message that it “informed” Pence about its face-mask policy before his visit.
Politico’s Dan Diamond also said a Mayo Clinic representative explained that it had communicated the policy to Pence and his staff.
He was criticized earlier this week for failing to wear one while visiting a Honeywell plant in Arizona, and the Associated Press reported that the president doesn’t want to wear a mask because he’s afraid he’ll look ridiculous and that it will harm his reelection chances.
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