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Politics Top aide to Mike Pence tests positive for COVID-19

04:50  25 october  2020
04:50  25 october  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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A top aide to US Vice-President Mike Pence has tested positive for Covid - 19 one day after another White House staff member was diagnosed with the virus. Mr Pence 's press secretary Katie Miller tested positive on Friday, a day after President Donald Trump's valet. The White House has begun

A member of Pence ’s staff, press secretary Katie Miller, tested positive for coronavirus just as the vice president was about to depart, delaying his plane for an But often, such outings end up underscoring the virus' grip on American life. One way Trump and Pence have tried to present a post- COVID - 19

One of Vice President Mike Pence's top aides has tested positive for the coronavirus, multiple sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

Mike Pence wearing a suit and tie: Vice President Mike Pence gestures as he speaks at a campaign rally at Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin, Pa., Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. © Gene J. Puskar/AP Vice President Mike Pence gestures as he speaks at a campaign rally at Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin, Pa., Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

Marty Obst, a top political aide to the vice president, tested positive last week. He is an outside adviser and not a government employee.

Obst was spotted at a fundraiser at Trump Doral attended by both Pence and President Trump on Oct. 15. While he was traveling with the VP last week, he wasn't in close proximity to him, sources say.

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An aide to Vice President Mike Pence has tested positive for the coronavirus. Pence , point person for the White House response to COVID - 19 , did not work “‪This evening we were notified that a member of the Office of the Vice President tested positive for the Coronavirus,” Miller said in a statement.

Vice president’s press aide diagnosed with Covid - 19 Friday. Two top military officials have their own brushes with virus. Vice President Mike Pence has been self-isolating from the White House following his WATCH: Pence is self-isolating after his press secretary tested positive for Covid - 19 .

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Obst did not respond to a request for comment. The vice president's office did not immediately respond.


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The trusted adviser, who ran Pence's campaign in 2016, has kept up a steady stream of tweets and retweets on Twitter in recent days and weeks, though he does not appear to have mentioned his own diagnosis.

Mike Pence wearing a suit and tie: Vice President Mike Pence gestures as he speaks at a campaign rally at Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin, Pa., Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. © Gene J. Puskar/AP Vice President Mike Pence gestures as he speaks at a campaign rally at Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin, Pa., Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

This is the second time someone close to Pence has tested positive for the virus. Katie Miller, Pence's press secretary and wife of Trump adviser Stephen Miller, tested positive for COVID-19 in May.

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Vice President Mike Pence 's press secretary, Katie Miller, has tested positive for coronavirus President Donald Trump said earlier Friday that a "press person" named Katie was the Pence aide who tested positive . As of Friday, more than 75,000 Americans have died of Covid - 19 , and more than

Vice President Mike Pence , the point person for the national response to COVID - 19 , has an aide who has tested positive for the coronavirus. “‪This evening we were notified that a member of the Office of the Vice President tested positive for the Coronavirus,” she said in a statement.

Both Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence tested negative for coronavirus in the days after President Donald Trump tested positive and was hospitalized at the beginning of October. It's not clear when Pence last tested negative for the virus, though his press secretary said he'd tested negative Oct. 10, 11 days after he'd last had contact with Trump.

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Earlier this month, in an interview with CNN, Pence's chief of staff, Marc Short, said the vice president was tested "every day."

At least 34 people connected to the White House tested positive for the virus earlier this month, including the president and first lady Melania Trump, as well as press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, campaign manager Bill Stepien, senior adviser for policy Stephen Miller and outside advisers Kellyanne Conway and Chris Christie.

Pence has been crisscrossing the country on the campaign trail for weeks. He made visits to Lakeland and Tallahassee, Florida on Saturday. On Friday, he spent time in his home state of Indiana, where he voted in person in Indianapolis, before holding rallies in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

ABC News' Mark Osborne contributed to this report.

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