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Pence self-isolating after aide tests positive for coronavirus

Vice President Mike Pence departs Roanoke, Virginia, en route to Pennsylvania, Thursday, June 6, 2019. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

Vice President Mike Pence is self-isolating away from the White House following his press secretary’s diagnosis of COVID-19 on Friday, said three people familiar with the situation.

The vice president didn’t attend a meeting on Saturday with President Donald Trump and top military officials.

Pence tested negative for coronavirus infection on Sunday but is staying home out of an abundance of caution, said the people, who asked not to be identified because his isolation hasn’t been publicly announced.

Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Miller is the primary spokeswoman for the White House coronavirus task force, which Pence leads and which last met on Thursday.

Miller’s diagnosis followed a positive test result earlier in the week for a member of the military who works as a valet to Trump. Miller is married to one of Trump’s closest aides, Stephen Miller.

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This weekend three top U.S. health officials who are task force members announced they would take isolation measures. The heads of the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they would self-quarantine, while Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he would practice what he called a “modified” quarantine.

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