(PresidentialWire.com)- Vice President Mike Pence came close to catching COVID-19 recently after it was announced that his 50-year-old chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive for the Chinese virus. The White House released a statement on Saturday evening confirming that he tested positive over the weekend.
Short entered quarantine over the weekend and is “assisting in the contact tracing process” in an effort to determine who he may have caught it from and who may have been exposed to the virus over the previous few days. Given that he is a close contact and top aide for Vice President Pence, it has sparked concern that President Trump’s number two may be hit by the Chinese virus.
However, as of Saturday, both Vice President Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday and are “both in good health,” according to Axios. As a result, Press Secretary Devin O’Malley promised that the vice president will “maintain his schedule in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel.”
According to the New York Times, who cited an anonymous “advisor” to the president, Marty Obst, another Pence advise, also tested positive for COVID-19 several days prior. The far-left news outlet claimed that “another person briefed on the developments, who also was not allowed to speak publicly, said that at least one additional Pence staff member had tested positive.”
Various left-wing news outlets and commentators used the news to attempt to discredit Vice President Mike Pence and the Trump administration, suggesting that his plan to continue his campaign efforts was putting people at risk.
However, these reports failed to acknowledge the fact that Pence tested positive for COVID-19 and is exhibiting no symptoms. He is also following COVID-19 guidelines put forward by the Centers for Disease Control.
Megan Pratz, the pool reporter for the vice president on Saturday evening, noted on Twitter that the vice president will only maintain his schedule with “essential personnel” to limit his exposure to other people.
BREAKING: The vice president traveled to Florida today for a pair of campaign events.
His Chief of Staff, Marc Short tested positive for COVID-19. Short did NOT travel on Air Force Two and staffers deemed close contacts also did not travel.
— Megan Pratz (@meganpratz) October 25, 2020
Pratz also said that all staff aboard Air Force Two “diligently wore masks, including what I could see of the vice president.”