Pence adviser Marty Obst tests positive for COVID-19

Pence adviser Marty Obst tests positive for COVID-19
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One of Vice President Pence’s closest advisers, Marty Obst, tested positive for COVID-19 this week, according to multiple reports. 

The adviser tested positive on Wednesday, Bloomberg News first reported. It was not immediately confirmed whether Obst is experiencing symptoms from the virus. 

Obst is not a Trump administration employee, although he is frequently in contact with the vice president and visits the grounds of the White House, according to Bloomberg. He was last in contact with Pence about a week ago.  


Pence on Saturday traveled to Florida to give a speech at a campaign event. 

The news comes weeks after President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpJill Biden, Kate Middleton visit school together in first meeting Jill Biden wears 'LOVE' jacket 'to bring unity' to meeting with Boris Johnson White House gets back to pre-COVID-19 normality MORE tested positive for the virus, as well as their son, Barron.

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Katie Miller, Pence’s communications director, contracted COVID-19 earlier this year.  

The Hill has reached out to the vice president’s office for comment. 

Celine Castronuovo contributed