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Trump dismisses concern over virus spreading in White House

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Trump dismisses concern over virus spreading in White House

What he's saying: During an interview Friday in West Des Moines, the vice president replied when asked about mask use in the White House: "Well, some people do wear masks".

Vice President Pence meanwhile spent his Monday at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building where he followed the "guidelines for critical infrastructure workers" mandated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an official told ABC News.

Trump has been resistant to wearing a mask himself and has not put one on in public, though he said he tried some on backstage during a visit to a mask factory in Arizona last week.

The Trump administration has no plans to keep Mr Trump and Mr Pence apart, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday.

"There's a number of people in the White House that have worn masks for some times", he said. The White House was moving to daily testing of some staff members to detect the disease.

Some 90 full-time staffers remained working throughout the lockdown and where asked to social distance.

A White House official confirmed the news to Newsweek in an email.

Only 12 staffers work directly for the first lady in her suite of offices on the second floor of the East Wing. According to public health experts, a national testing strategy is critical to helping US states safely reopen businesses and ease social distancing measures meant to slow the new coronavirus' spread.

"If someone wants to be tested right now, they will be able to be tested", Trump claimed, a boast that is untrue in many communities. "We have met the moment and we have prevailed".

"Additionally, Vice President Pence has tested negative every single day and plans to be at the White House tomorrow". "That's a phrase you're gonna hear a lot".

Trump noted the United States had performed 9 million tests for the novel coronavirus thus far, both more tests absolutely and per capita than any other country.

But they were often overtaken by Mr Trump's own freewheeling question-and-answer sessions, and the press conferences ended roughly two weeks ago.

"The great people of Pennsylvania want their freedom now, and they are fully aware of what that entails", he tweeted.

Three senior officials guiding the United States response to the pandemic were in self-quarantine on Saturday after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for the disease, their agencies and spokesmen said.

As the pandemic makes human interactions more risky, retailers are turning to robots to perform essential tasks in their stores to cut costs and reduce the spread of coronavirus.

"This wasn't true when he said it and it's not true today".

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