World Media

WH Concern Deepens as 11 Members of Secret Service Test Positive

Share
Katie Miller

Miller is the second person in the White House orbit to test positive for the virus this week, after one of President Trump's aides - a member of the military - tested positive earlier this week.

The administration has also directed regular deep cleaning of all work spaces.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Friday sought to defend administration efforts to guard Trump and Pence, pointing to new measures taken by the White House together with contact tracing and setting up all tips really useful for important employees.

The White House is now making sure staffers wear masks in the White House residence, and coronavirus tests and temperature checks are being boosted throughout the West Wing. A positive test means a person has antibodies, and therefore had the virus at some point; a negative test means a person does not have antibodies and has not yet contracted the virus. He said the White House was "probably the safest place that you can come", but the he was reviewing further steps to keep Trump and Pence safe. "We asked them to go get tested and to go home out of an abundance of caution", the official said.

Miller was accompanying Pence to Iowa, where the vice president was scheduled to discuss responsible religious gatherings with faith leaders and attend a meeting about securing the food supply. Six people who could have been in touch with the contaminated aide had been faraway from the flight and later examined adverse.

In addition, at least 11 members of the Secret Service - charged with protecting President Trump and other officials - had the virus as of Thursday evening, according to a Department of Homeland Security tally reviewed by Yahoo News.

That's what FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn, who'd also recently been around Miller, is doing, as Politico reported Friday.

Politico reported he was referring to Katie Miller, Pence's press secretary and the wife of Stephen Miller.

Protective facial coverings have been a hard sell for Mr Trump and Mr Pence despite a recommendation from the Centres for Disease Control that people wear masks or alternatives.

The lingering effects of the pandemic followed him, however. And were tested for coronavirus. Trump has taken to offering the Abbott kits as gifts, including saying he would send one to former Vice President Joe Biden so he could resume campaigning.

Overall, an astounding 20.5 million U.S.jobs were lost in April - the steepest loss since the Great Depression some 90 years ago - and the jobless rate broke the post-World War Two record of 10.8% in November 1982, the government said. Nor was anyone around him wearing a mask Thursday when he signed a proclamation for National Nurses Day.

Walking from table to table in the facility, protected only by a pair of safety goggles, a cover of Guns and Roses' "Live and Let Die" blared loudly.

Share