Trump on Pence keeping his distance: 'I miss him'

Trump on Pence keeping his distance: 'I miss him'
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President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE on Wednesday said that in recent days he's often spoken over the phone with Vice President Pence, who is keeping his distance after one of his staffers tested positive for coronavirus.

"I haven’t seen Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence says he hopes conservative majority on Supreme Court will restrict abortion access Federal judge to hear case of Proud Boy alleged Jan. 6 rioter seeking release from jail The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit MORE, and I miss him," Trump told reporters during a meeting with the governors of Colorado and North Dakota on the response to COVID-19.

Trump said the two "speak a lot on the phone."

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"He was in the room with somebody that tested positive, and he did not test positive. He tested the opposite," Trump said. "He's in good shape. But I guess we said for a little while we'll stay apart because you don't know what happens with this very crazy and horrible disease."

Pence has been keeping his distance from Trump and other top officials this week after his press secretary, Katie Miller, tested positive for the coronavirus.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters on Tuesday that it was Pence's personal choice to stay away from the president.

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"The vice president has made the choice to keep his distance for a few days, and I would just note that that's his personal decision," she said at a press briefing, adding that Pence would determine how long he would choose to keep his distance from Trump.

The two leaders had previously attended White House events together, often standing side-by-side at coronavirus briefings throughout the month of April.

Miller tested positive on Friday, one day after a military member who serves as a personal valet for Trump tested positive. The White House has implemented additional measures in the days since to try to keep the president safe.

Both Trump and Pence are now tested daily instead of weekly, as are some officials who are in regular contact with either of them. West Wing officials have also been instructed to wear masks when they're not at their desks or able to properly social distance.