Two of Vice President Mike Pence’s closest political advisers have examined optimistic for Covid-19.
Pence’s workplace mentioned in a press release Saturday evening that his chief of employees, Marc Quick, “started quarantine” after studying of the prognosis and was cooperating with a contact-tracing effort.
“Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence each examined destructive for COVID-19 at present, and stay in good well being,” vice presidential spokesman Devin O’Malley mentioned within the assertion.
“Whereas Vice President Pence is taken into account an in depth contact with Mr. Quick, in session with the White Home Medical Unit, the Vice President will preserve his schedule in accordance with the CDC tips for important personnel,” he mentioned.
Pence nonetheless plans to journey to North Carolina on Sunday, his workplace mentioned.
Moreover, a supply conversant in the matter informed NBC Information that Pence’s senior political adviser, Marty Obst, additionally examined optimistic.
Obst was on the debate in Salt Lake Metropolis with Pence Oct. 7, posing maskless with him and others after the occasion. Obst isn’t a authorities worker.
The vice chairman wore a masks Saturday whereas touring on Air Power Two for his marketing campaign occasions in Lakeland and Tallahassee, Florida, and he took it off for his remarks.
Pence mentioned through the Tallahassee occasion that he can be on the ground for Monday evening’s Senate affirmation vote for Choose Amy Coney Barrett.
“As vice chairman I am President of the Senate. And I am gonna be within the chair as a result of I would not miss that vote for the world,” he mentioned. “And I will make you a prediction, come this Monday evening, Choose Amy Coney Barrett goes to be Justice Amy Coney Barrett. We’re gonna fill that seat.”
Over the past a number of weeks, Pence has solely occasionally worn a face masking, together with Friday whereas early voting indoors.
Initially of October, President Donald Trump announced he had the virus and, after being handled at Walter Reed Medical Middle, mentioned he had absolutely recovered days later.
Dennis Romero contributed.