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Pompeo says he has tested negative for coronavirus

Pompeo says he has tested negative for coronavirus
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans US Olympic Committee urges Congress not to boycott Games in China Pompeo on CIA recruitment: We can't risk national security to appease 'liberal, woke agenda' MORE told reporters he tested negative for coronavirus on Friday, hours after President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP-led Maricopa County board decries election recount a 'sham' Analysis: Arpaio immigration patrol lawsuit to cost Arizona county at least 2 million Conservatives launch 'anti-cancel culture' advocacy organization MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpHere's why Joe Biden polls well, but Kamala Harris does not Jill Biden a key figure in push to pitch White House plans Petition calls for Jill Biden to undo Trump-era changes to White House Rose Garden MORE announced late Thursday that they have tested positive.

“I am feeling fantastic,” Pompeo told reporters traveling with the State Department in Europe.

The first couple’s diagnosis came hours after news broke that White House adviser and top aide to the president Hope HicksHope HicksUPDATED: McEnany, Fox News talks on pause Trump selects Hicks, Bondi, Grenell and other allies for positions Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis tests positive for coronavirus MORE tested positive for the disease. Pompeo noted that he has not been in Washington for over two weeks.

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Pompeo’s wife, Susan, also tested negative for coronavirus. The couple is flying back to Washington Friday night.

The secretary said there would be no change to his itinerary while on the way to Croatia, where he is scheduled to meet with government officials including the Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.

“We’re praying for the president and the first lady, that they’ll have a speedy recovery,” Pompeo said. “I spoke with the vice president’s office this morning as well. We’re taking this, obviously, very seriously, and we’ll do everything we can to keep everyone safe, including you all.”

The secretary is flying back to Washington Friday night and said that he’s now reevaluating speaking to a conservative group in Florida on Saturday. It is also unclear if the secretary will continue on a planned trip to Asia next week, scheduled for stops in Japan, Mongolia and South Korea. 

State Department medical staff “said it would be perfectly fine to make both of those trips, but we’re going to continue to look at it,” Pompeo said, adding that Secretary of Defense Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Former Navy secretary reportedly spent .4M on travel | Ex-Pentagon chief Miller to testify on Jan. 6 Capitol attack | Austin to deliver West Point commencement speech Trump's Navy secretary spent over M on travel during pandemic: report Court declines to dismiss Amazon challenge against JEDI decision MORE was also on official travel. “We’ll continue to evaluate.”