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Politics Pence travel questioned after aides test positive

19:25  25 october  2020
19:25  25 october  2020 Source:   thehill.com

Top aide to Mike Pence tests positive for COVID-19

  Top aide to Mike Pence tests positive for COVID-19 The vice president has been on the campaign trail. Marty Obst, a top political aide to the vice president, tested positive last week. He is an outside adviser and not a government employee.

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.

Mike Pence wearing a suit and tie: Pence travel questioned after aides test positive © Getty Pence travel questioned after aides test positive

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows defended Pence's campaign travel 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.

Mike Pence Chief of Staff Marc Short and a senior adviser Marty Obst test positive for COVID-19 as the latest cases in White House orbit

  Mike Pence Chief of Staff Marc Short and a senior adviser Marty Obst test positive for COVID-19 as the latest cases in White House orbit Mike Pence has been in close contact with Marc Short, but will not quarantine, according to a statement provided to Bloomberg News.In a statement provided to the outlet, Pence's office said the vice president has been in close contact with Short, but that he would not quarantine, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for "essential personnel.

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 tested positive for COVID-19, but the vice president himself has tested negative for the virus twice.

Trump campaign adviser Corey Lewandowski on Sunday also stood by Pence's campaigning, 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.

Mike Pence will not quarantine after four aides test positive for coronavirus

  Mike Pence will not quarantine after four aides test positive for coronavirus Vice President Mike Pence will not quarantine himself despite two of his top aides testing positive for Covid-19, his office said. Pence's chief of staff Marc Short is isolating after testing positive on Saturday, Devin O'Malley, a spokesman for the vice president, said in a statement. A senior political advisor to the vice president, Marty Obst, and two additional aides also tested positive, according to NBC News. Pence is expected to hold a rally in Kinston, North Carolina later on Sunday. The battleground state is neck-and-neck with state polls on average showing Biden ahead by just over one percentage point.

"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 he was surprised Pence was staying on the campaign trail after his aides' positive tests.

Pence should quarantine after coronavirus exposure. He’s going to keep campaigning instead.

  Pence should quarantine after coronavirus exposure. He’s going to keep campaigning instead. A new White House case cluster once again throws Trump’s failures into stark relief.According to Maggie Haberman of the New York Times, at least five people in Pence’s orbit have tested positive for the virus, including chief of staff Marc Short, outside adviser Marty Obst, and three as of yet unidentified White House staffers who work with the vice president. News of this latest group of cases — which is not the first to affect Pence’s inner circle — comes just four weeks after the development of a White House cluster that included more than 30 confirmed cases, including President Donald Trump.

"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 hospitalized for COVID-19 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 "superspreader event."

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 The New York Times.

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Justin Turner was pulled from Game 6 of the World Series after seven innings on Tuesday night, and the world found out the shocking reason why: Turner tested positive for COVID-19. © Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports Turner started and began the game for the Los Angeles Dodgers as the No. 3 hitter and third baseman. But he was pulled before the start of the eighth, with Enrique Hernandez going to second, Chris Taylor moving to left, and Edwin Rios playing third.There was no explanation for why Turner was removed until after the Dodgers won the World Series 3-1.

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