Mike Pence Self-Isolates After Virus Gets Too Close

The VP is staying home at the US Naval Observatory
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2020 5:58 PM CDT
Mike Pence Self-Isolates After Aide Gets COVID-19
Vice President Mike Pence reacts to audience members after a roundtable with agriculture and food supply leaders about steps being taken to ensure the food supply remains secure in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Friday, May 8, 2020, in West Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Now there's only one degree of separation. Mike Pence has begun self-isolating after his press secretary tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, three insiders tell Bloomberg. Seems the vice president skipped a Saturday meeting with President Trump and senior military officials, and went behind closed doors at home at the US Naval Observatory in Washington. On the bright side, Pence apparently tested negative Sunday and is only self-isolating out of caution. This after Katie Miller—who is Pence's press secretary and wife to senior aide Stephen Miller—was diagnosed with COVID-19.

Katie Miller is also the main rep for the White House coronavirus task force, which is led by Pence and last convened Thursday. As for Pence, he flew to Iowa on Friday and spent time with Gov. Kim Reynolds, who had been near Katie during a White House visit and is considering whether to self-isolate. Pence and Reynolds apparently kept a fair distance from each other, but didn't wear masks when meeting with food executives and state faith leaders. Meanwhile, a Trump valet and several Secret Service agents have tested positive, but TMZ reports that "as for DT, no word yet if he'll shutter himself in like his #2." (More Mike Pence stories.)

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