Is Trump safe? Coronavirus infection spreads to White House

During a roundtable on Friday, Donald Trump revealed that “Katie” in Pence’s office had tested positive. This news came after a member of the US military who served the president as a personal valet also tested positive for the virus.

The White House is reportedly increasing the frequency it tests people who come into contact with the US president and vice president, which is now taking place daily rather than weekly.

Mrs Miller, also the wife of Mr Trump’s senior policy advisor Stephen Miller, has reportedly been within close proximity of the vice president.

However, it is not clear when she last interacted with Mr Trump.

Mrs Miller began in Mr Pence’s office last year after working in the US Department of Homeland Security.

She serves as the vice president’s top spokesperson and travels with him frequently to attend meetings by his side.

Mrs Miller’s husband writes many of Mr Trump’s speeches and reportedly spends extensive amounts of time around the president, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

President Trump said during the meeting on Friday: “She’s a wonderful young woman, Katie, she tested very good for a long period of time.

“And then all of the sudden today she tested positive.

“She hasn’t come into contact with me. She’s spent some time with the vice president.”

Mr Trump went on to say how he believes tests “aren’t necessarily great”.

He said: “The tests are perfect, but something can happen between a test where it’s good and then something happens and all of the sudden.

“She was tested very recently and tested negative, and then today I guess for some reason she tested positive.”

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He added: “I understand Mike has been tested, vice president, and he tested negative.”

Mr Pence flew to Iowa on Friday and his plane was reportedly delayed for an hour without an explanation from the White House.

Mr Trump attended the Miller’s wedding in February 2020 at the Trump International Hotel, where he delivered a short speech to toast the couple.

The news of Mrs Miller’s positive diagnosis comes as the US president boosts the re-opening of the economy in more than a dozen American states.

Mr Trump also has started to travel outside of the White House.

This week, he visited a Honeywell factory in Arizona touring the plant.

During Friday’s news briefing, the White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said: “We have put in place the guideline that our experts have put forward to keep this building safe, which means contact tracing.

“All of the recommended guidelines we have for businesses that have essential workers, we are now putting them in place here in the White House.

“So as America reopens safely, the White House is continuing to operate safely.”

The US has the most recorded coronavirus deaths in the world with 78,185.

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