Testing for the CCP Virus at the White House has been increased, after there was a second confirmed case of the virus on Friday, May 8, when Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, tested positive for the virus. Katie Miller, is also the wife of Stephen Miller, President Trump’s main speechwriter and senior adviser.
The White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany informed reporters at a press briefing on Friday, “There is a member of the vice president’s team who is positive for coronavirus. We have put in place the guidelines that our experts have—experts have put forward to keep this building safe, which means contact tracing. All of the recommended guidelines we have for businesses that have essential workers, we’re now putting in place here in the White House. So as America reopens safely, the White House is continuing to operate safely,” she said.
Katie Miller later confirmed to NBC News that she had tested positive, adding that she was asymptomatic.
“She’s a wonderful young woman, Katie,” President Trump said. “She tested very good for a long period of time, and then all of a sudden today she tested positive.”
“She hasn’t come into contact with me. She’s spent some time with the vice president,” he added.
“This is why the whole concept of tests aren’t necessarily great,” the president said. “The tests are perfect, but something can happen between a test where it’s good and then something happens, and all of a sudden she was tested very recently and tested negative, and then today I guess for some reason she tested positive.”
President Trump said Pence “knows about it” and “has done what he has to do,” adding that Pence had tested negative for the virus.
President Trump discusses Katie Miller, the press secretary for Vice President Pence, testing positive today for coronavirus. Trump says she hasn’t come into contact with him, and that Pence has tested negative https://t.co/9T8aUPjUrs pic.twitter.com/xnV8qIOjbl
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 8, 2020
The first staffer in the West Wing to test positive this week is one of the president’s personal valets, a member of the U.S. military, who tested positive just days ago. He is the closest known contact to President Trump to test positive, and testing of the president and others has been increased. Valets to the president are all required to wear masks as added protection for the president.
“I’ve had very little contact, personal contact, with this gentleman,” Trump said when asked about the valet. “Know who he is, good person, but I’ve had very little contact, Mike has had very little contact with him. Mike tested, and I was tested, we were both tested,” Trump said, referring to Pence.
“The president’s physician and White House Operations continue to work closely to ensure every precaution is taken to keep the President, first family, and the entire White House Complex safe and healthy at all times,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement Thursday.
Deere said, “In addition to social distancing, daily temperature checks, and symptom histories, hand sanitizer, and regular deep cleaning of all workspaces” occurs, and “every staff member in proximity to the president and vice president is being tested daily for COVID-19 as well as any guests.”