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Trump administration and campaign officials faced questioning on Sunday about Vice President Mike Pence's planned travel in the upcoming week after reports revealed two of his top aides tested positive for COVID-19.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on CNN's "State of the Union," promoting the administration's argument that Pence serves as an essential worker and is allowed to continue campaigning in person.
"As we look at that, essential personnel, whether it's the vice president of the United States or anyone else, has to continue on," Meadows said after host Jake Tapper pressed him on how campaigning classified as essential work.
Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Marc Short, has tested positive for coronavirus
Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff and his senior political adviser have tested positive for COVID-19, according to reports.Short began isolating Saturday and assisting in the contact tracing process, according to Pence spokesman Devin O'Malley.
Meadows declined to say how many people in the vice president's office have contracted coronavirus, telling CNN's Jake Tapper that "we don't give out that kind of information."
The chief of staff stressed that Pence is "wearing a mask, socially distancing and when he goes up to speak he will take the mask off, put it back on." The vice president was not wearing a mask while speaking at a rally in Tallahassee, Fla. on Saturday.
Pence's chief of staff, Marc Short, and adviser Marty Obst both , but the vice president himself has tested negative for the virus twice.
Trump campaign adviser Corey Lewandowski on Sunday also , noting on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) the Democratic vice presidential nominee, continued her campaign after a staffer tested positive.
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CDC guidelines call for people to quarantine after exposure, but Mark Meadows cited exceptions for "essential personnel" like the vice president.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines call for people to quarantine for 14 days after exposure to someone with the virus, but Meadows told CNN's "State of the Union" there are exceptions for "essential personnel" like the vice president.
"I'm sure he'll do what's necessary and what's appropriate," Lewandowski said, referring to Pence. "And look, we've also seen Kamala Harris's team - members of her team come down with COVID and she took the necessary precautions."
Harris's communications director, Liz Allen, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, prompting the senator to cancel some planned travel to Oct. 18. But Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign has said Harris was not in close contact with Allen or another aide who tested positive.
While Obst was last in contact with Pence about a week ago, Short has been in frequent contact with the vice president.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines instruct those who were in close contact with a person with COVID-19 to stay home for 14 days after their last contact with the individual.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that Pence was staying on the campaign trail after his aides' positive tests.
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"I think everybody's got to put the health of the people they're going to be in touch with first," Christie said.
"You got to keep yourself away from everybody and I'm a little bit surprised," he added.
Christie previously tested positive and was for a week after attending President Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court - an event that top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci described as a
Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son, Barron Trump, also tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month days after the nomination event. The president was hospitalized for three days, and several high-profile Republicans and officials subsequently tested positive for the virus.
The apparent outbreak in Pence's office occurred weeks after the White House surge.
As Election Day looms slightly more than a week away, Pence is expected to step up his travel, including to North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Minnesota in upcoming days.
Trump reelection campaign events with the president or vice president have gathered hundreds, usually outdoors, with the majority of the crowd not socially distancing or wearing masks.
Cases in the U.S. have surged recently, reaching a record of 85,085 new COVID-19 cases in a single day on Friday, according to.
Pence's office says he did not attend swearing-in due to CDC guidelines .
Vice President Mike Pence did not attend Monday night's White House swearing-in ceremony for Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett because he was adhering to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, an administration official told CNN. Asked why Pence did not attend the ceremony, the official said in a statement: "As has been the case, the vice president has been adhering to the CDC guidelines for essential personnel." The decision comes days after five Pence aides, including his bodyman and Marc Short, his chief of staff, tested positive for coronavirus.