US Vice President Mike Pence's Top Aide Tests Positive For Coronavirus

25 Octobre, 2020, 06:08 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Marc Short chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence speaks with reporters at the White House in Washington Sept. 16 2019

US Vice President Mike Pence will continue with his aggressive campaign schedule after his chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday, a spokesperson said.

Marty Obst - who's Pence's senior political adviser, although not a authorities worker - examined optimistic for COVID-19 on Wednesday, Bloomberg reported.

It's not clear when Obst was last in close proximity to Pence.

The vice president was aware of Short's positive test before leaving for Florida, according to people familiar with the matter.

Short, Pence's top aide and one of his closest confidants, did not travel with the vice president on Saturday.

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Vice President Mike Pence's Chief of Staff Marc Short, center, listens as Vice President Mike Pence, left, answers a reporters question about his former homeland security advisor Olivia Troye, who criticised President Donald Trump's handling of the pandemic, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, during a meeting on safety and quality for nursing homes in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington.

Earlier this month, in an interview with CNN, Pence's chief of staff, Marc Short, said the vice president was tested "every day". Obst did not respond to a request for comment.

Among those to subsequently test positive were the president and first lady, their 14-year-old son Barron, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany plus several members of her team, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, and adviser Chris Christie. He made visits to Lakeland and Tallahassee, Florida on Saturday.

Ahead of the November 3 election, Trump at his rallies has repeatedly criticized the news media for focusing on the virus, which has killed about 224,000 people in the United States and more than 1 million across the globe.

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