An aide to Vice President Mike Pence has tested positive for coronavirus, a senior administration official confirmed Friday to NBC News. The confirmation comes a day after news broke that President Donald Trump’s personal valet had also tested positive. A spokeswoman for Pence did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
Pence was scheduled to travel to Des Moines, Iowa, Friday morning, but his departure from Andrews Air Force Base was delayed by nearly an hour as staff dealt with news of the diagnosis. Reporters traveling with Pence said several staffers disembarked from Air Force Two at the last minute, prior to takeoff.
Yet both Pence and Trump by and large refuse to wear masks, which the CDC recommends everyone wear in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.