Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceMcCarthy, Ducey speak at Pence fundraiser: report Jill Biden takes starring role at difficult Olympics Pence refused to leave Capitol during riot: book MORE on Friday tested negative for the coronavirus just hours after President TrumpDonald TrumpHarris stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — The Facebook Oversight Board is not pleased MORE announced he and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMcCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral GOP leader's remarks on Fox underscore Trump's power White House orders release of Trump records to Jan. 6 committee MORE had tested positive for the virus.
“As has been routine for months, Vice President Pence is tested for COVID-19 every day. This morning, Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for COVID-19. Vice President Pence remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery,” Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley tweeted Friday morning.
Trump said early Friday morning that he and the first lady had tested positive for the virus and would begin quarantining “immediately.” Their positive tests came after one of Trump’s closest aides, Hope HicksHope HicksWhite House orders release of Trump records to Jan. 6 committee Grisham calls Kushner 'Rasputin in a slim-fitting suit' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US prepares vaccine booster plan MORE, also tested positive for the virus.
White House physician Sean Conley said in a memo that the president and first lady “are both well at this time” and that the White House medical team will maintain “vigilant watch” over them.
Pence, who is scheduled to travel to Salt Lake City to the vice presidential debate next Wednesday, is frequently in contact with Trump but was not with him on trips to Cleveland and Minnesota this week where Hicks was also present.
It is unclear if he plans to self-isolate as a precautionary measure, or if the president’s positive case may impact his plans to travel to the debate. He is likely to be regularly tested in the coming days, as has been the regular procedure at the White House for months.
The vice president does not plan to participate in any public events on Friday, according to a schedule later issued by the White House. Other officials, including Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpMcCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral Grisham: Time in Trump administration 'will follow me forever' Grisham: Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump saw themselves as 'shadow president and first lady' MORE and Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerMcCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money Kushner associate pardoned by Trump in plea discussions over cyberstalking charges MORE, also tested negative on Friday. White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsMeadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Altria - White House tackles how to vaccinate children ages 5+ Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Bannon in contempt MORE also tested negative for the virus.
Trump was supposed to participate in a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., on Friday and a campaign rally in Sanford, Fla., but those events have been canceled as he and the first lady quarantine.
This is not the first time that someone close to Pence has contracted the virus. His communications director, Katie Miller, tested positive for COVID-19 in May. She self-quarantined following her results and there were no other known cases connected to her positive test.
--Updated at 10:05 a.m.