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Vice President Mike Pence tests negative for coronavirus

Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, were tested after a member of his staff was positive.

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By Lauren Egan

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, have tested negative or coronavirus Saturday, a White House spokeswoman said.

The vice president's press secretary, Katie Miller, said on that she was "pleased to report" that tests for the Pences "came back negative."

Pence said Friday the couple would get tested for the coronavirus Saturday afternoon after a member of his staff tested positive for the virus Friday night.

“I am pleased to report he's doing well,” Pence said of the staffer Friday. “He had mild cold-like symptoms for about a day and a half. He has not been to the White House since Monday. Neither the President nor I had direct contact with that staff person."

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茄枝视频Pence said that both him and his wife felt fine and were not displaying any symptoms.

But given his “unique position” as vice president and as head of the White House’s coronavirus task force, Pence said he would go ahead and get tested.

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茄枝视频Pence said that contract tracing had been conducted after the White House learned of the staffer's illness, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

Trump tested negative for the virus last week, after he was in close contact with multiple people茄枝视频 at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida who had been exposed to the coronavirus.

茄枝视频When asked if Trump would take another test after learning that a White House staffer had tested positive, Trump told reporters “I feel great.”