Pence tests negative again for virus as Trump remains in hospital

Pence tests negative again for virus as Trump remains in hospital
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Vice President Pence and second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PencePence's adult daughter congratulates President-elect Biden Ilhan Omar says she won't get vaccine: 'People who need it most, should get it' White House testing czar says Trump should get vaccine to boost public confidence MORE both tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday morning, a White House official confirmed.

The vice president has tested negative two days in a row after President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE revealed early Friday morning that he and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump bids farewell to Be Best in new video Garth Brooks, Joan Baez among this year's Kennedy Center honorees Melania Trump says she was 'disappointed and disheartened' watching Capitol riots MORE tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. 

The vice president's health has become even more critical as Trump battles the virus. The president was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center hospital on Friday evening. Officials said it was done out of an abundance of caution, though Trump has displayed symptoms since contracting the virus, including fatigue and a slight fever.


The White House said Friday that the president remained in charge and had not invoked the 25th Amendment to hand over his duties to Pence.

Pence's doctor said Friday that the vice president does not have to quarantine and is not considered a close contact of any individuals who have tested positive. But Pence was in the front row of a large audience last Saturday in the Rose Garden for Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Since then, several attendees have tested positive, including Sens. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisDemocrats see Georgia as model for success across South McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Seven Senate races to watch in 2022 MORE (R-N.C.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeRepublicans wrestle over removing Trump Lawmakers, leaders offer condolences following the death of Capitol Police officer GOP senators urging Trump officials to not resign after Capitol chaos MORE (R-Utah) and former White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayPence's relationship with Trump fractures in final days Kellyanne Conway condemns violence, supports Trump in statement on Capitol riots Kellyanne Conway calls for violent Capitol protesters to 'just STOP' MORE. Lee was seated in the row directly behind Pence for the outdoor event.

Pence also attended a Rose Garden event with Trump on Monday, though he used a separate lectern. The two men were on the road much of the rest of the week and were not seen interacting in person.

The vice president spent Friday working from home at the Naval Observatory, and he will do so again on Saturday. Pence, who is the head of the White House coronavirus task force, has a conference call with the group scheduled for Saturday afternoon.