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Katie Miller, Pence spokeswoman, tests positive for coronavirus

Katie Miller, a spokesperson for U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, has tested positive for coronavirus, according to two people with knowledge of Millers diagnosis.

Millers positive diagnosis for Covid-19 puts the potential threat of the infection squarely into the presidents inner circle. Miller serves as the vice presidents top spokesperson, traveling with him frequently and attending meetings by his side. She is also married to another top White House aide and senior adviser, Stephen Miller, who writes the majority of Trumps speeches and spends copious amounts of time around the president, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

“Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes. Im doing well and look forward to getting back to work for the American people,” Miller tweeted Friday night.

Katie Millers positive diagnosis raises the risk that, through both her and her husbands daily work, a large swath of the West Wings senior aides may also have been exposed to the novel coronavirus.

“Shes a wonderful young woman, Katie, she tested very good for a long period of time,” U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday during a meeting with congressional Republicans at the White House. “And then all of the sudden today she tested positive. She hasnt come into contact with me. Shes spent some time with the vice president.”

“This is why the whole concept of tests arent necessarily great,” the president continued. “The tests are perfect, but something can happen between a test where its 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. So Mike knows about it and Mike has done what he has to do. I think he is on an airplane, going to some far away place, but youll be able to ask him later on. But theyve taken all of the necessary precautions. I understand Mike has been tested, vice president, and he tested negative.”

President Trump is so close to the Miller couple that he attended their wedding in February 2020 at the Trump International Hotel, where he stayed at the party for roughly two hours and delivered a short speech to toast them.

He has worked closely with Stephen Miller – one of the key architects of his administrations immigration policy – since the 2016 campaign.

Katie Millers positive diagnosis of Covid-19 comes as the president promotes the re-opening of the economy in more than a dozen states and as he has started to travel outside of the White House again. This past week, he visited a Honeywell factory in Arizona where he toured the plant without wearing a face mask.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany earlier on Friday confirmed that a member of the vice presidents team had tested positive for coronavirus — just one day after one of the presidents personal valets contracted the illness — although she did not specify who the person was.

The vice presidents trip to Iowa on Friday was delayed by more than an hour as six other Pence staffers who had been in contact with Miller were removed from Air Force Two.

The White House said that the Pence staffer had tested negative on Thursday before receiving positive test results Friday morning. A senior administration official told reporters that the president and vice president had not been in contact with the person recently.

Pence was tested on Friday and has been tested daily, according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters traveling with the vice president.

“We have put in place the guidelines that our experts have put forward to keep this building safe, which means contact tracing,” McEnany told reporters during Fridays news briefing. “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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends anyone who has been exposed to a person with the coronavirus should “stay home until 14 days after last exposure and maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) from others at all times.”

The vice president is scheduled to meet with faith leaders in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday to discuss responsible religious gatherings, followed by a roundtable on securing food supply. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Iowa Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst also accompanied Pence on the trip.

While staff in the West Wing are tested regularly, according to the pool report, staff members in the Executive Office Building are not tested as frequently. About 10 people on Pences staff are tested daily.

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