Tag Archives: Mike Pence

Pence Blocks Public Health Officials From Appearing On CNN In Pressure Campaign To Carry Full Virus Briefings

CNN reports: Vice President Mike Pence’s office has declined to allow the nation’s top health officials to appear on CNN in recent days and discuss the coronavirus pandemic killing thousands of Americans, in an attempt to pressure the network into carrying the White House’s lengthy daily briefings in full. Pence’s office, which is responsible for booking the officials on networks …

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Pence Claims Trump Never Downplayed Severity Of Pandemic: He’s Just Naturally An “Optimistic Person”

The Huffington Post reports: Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that President Donald Trump is merely being “optimistic” with remarks that downplayed the coronavirus outbreak. Pence was pressed during an appearance on CNN by politics anchor Wolf Blitzer to explain why Trump hadn’t ordered a national lockdown in the days since he had stopped “belittling the enormity of this crisis.”  …

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Virus Task Force Briefing

Capitol Radio reports: The White House is scheduled to convene another update about the coronavirus disaster on Monday afternoon as officials across the country struggle to keep pace with the spiraling outbreak. Vice President Pence suggested on Monday that the administration might review the social distancing guidelines for Americans that have disrupted life in much of the country. Watch the …

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Mike Pence And Wife Say They Have Tested Negative

CNN reports: Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence have both tested negative for coronavirus, his spokeswoman announced Saturday evening. “Pleased to report that the COVID-19 test results came back negative for both Vice President @Mike_Pence and Second Lady @KarenPence,” said Katie Miller, the press secretary for the vice president, via her Twitter account. Pence had said he …

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Mike Pence Staffer Tests Positive For Coronavirus

CNN reports: A staff member in Vice President Mike Pence’s office has tested positive for coronavirus, Pence’s spokesperson said Friday evening. “This evening we were notified that a member of the Office of the Vice President tested positive for the Coronavirus. Neither President Trump nor Vice President Pence had close contact with the individual,” said Katie Miller. “Further contact tracing …

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Virus Task Force Briefing

UPI reports: The White House Coronavirus Task Force will give a daily briefing on Tuesday morning. The news conference is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. EDT. The briefing follows new measures announced Monday by President Donald Trump, who urged Americans to follow CDC guidelines regarding the coronavirus disease and announced additional steps to mitigate the spread in the United …

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Virus Task Force Briefing

CBC News reports: Members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force will brief Americans from the White House briefing room Sunday afternoon, following a weekend of increasing numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases and nationwide closures designed to slow the spreading pandemic. Members of the press had their temperatures taken before they entered the room. The White House said Saturday night …

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Virus Task Force Briefing

The Associated Press reports: Vice President Mike Pence will host a briefing at noon with members of the White House’s coronavirus task force. The House has approved legislation to provide direct relief to Americans suffering physically, financially and emotionally from the coronavirus pandemic. The action comes after President Donald Trump declared the outbreak a national emergency, freeing up money and …

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Pence: Expect Thousands More US Virus Cases [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Vice President Pence on Thursday confirmed that the coronavirus is more lethal than the flu and predicted that the United States can expect “thousands of more cases.” NBC News’s Savannah Guthrie asked Pence during an appearance on “Today” to confirm that “this is much more lethal than the seasonal flu.” “It is, Savannah,” Pence responded. When Guthrie …

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WH Coronavirus Task Force Briefing [CANCELED]

UPDATE. White House has cancelled the coronavirus task force briefing at 5:30pm, and the president will no longer go to the Naval Observatory for dinner with the Pences. His Oval Office address on economic and health steps to mitigate the crisis will be at 9pm. — Justin Sink (@justinsink) March 11, 2020 UPI reports: Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled …

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Pence: Major Insurers Will Waive Virus Testing Copays

Politico reports: Vice President Pence said Tuesday that a group of major health insurance companies have agreed not to charge patients copays when they get tested for coronavirus. Pence made the comments at a meeting at the White House with the CEOs of major health insurance companies aimed at encouraging people to get tested by removing cost barriers. Some insurance …

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Azar Contradicts Pence: No Virus Testing Kit Shortage

The Hill reports: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar maintained late Friday that the administration is not in the midst of a coronavirus testing kit shortage, contradicting a warning issued by Vice President Pence earlier this week. “There is no testing kit shortage, nor has there ever been,” Azar said on ABC News . “We will have by the …

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LIVE VIDEO: Pence Leads WH Coronavirus Briefing

CBS News reports: Members of the Coronavirus Task Force, charged with leading the U.S. response to the global coronavirus outbreak, are scheduled to hold a press briefing at the White House Friday evening. At least 98,000 people in almost 90 countries have caught the COVID-19 disease, which is caused by the novel coronavirus. It has killed almost 3,300 people, and …

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Pence Admits Shortage Of Coronavirus Testing Kits

CNN reports: Confusion and delays appear to persist in testing Americans for coronavirus even after an outcry from state and local health authorities that the United States was behind in determining the extent of the outbreak. Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis, acknowledged Thursday there was a shortfall in the number of …

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LIVE VIDEO: White House Coronavirus Briefing

Roll Call reports: Vice President Pence and health officials are set to hold a press briefing Wednesday afternoon to address the Trump administration’s work to combat the coronavirus outbreak. The briefing comes as 11 people have died of coronavirus in the U.S. Officials in California confirmed the state’s first fatality and the country’s first outside Washington state on Wednesday. The …

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Pence Interviews With Rush Limbaugh, Who Claims Coronavirus Is Chinese Bioweapon Used To Hurt Trump

The Hill reports: Vice President Pence told conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh he believes President Trump tapped him to lead the coronavirus task force because of his experience tackling disease outbreaks at the state level as governor of Indiana. Pence touted his experience combating HIV, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) during his time in …

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Top Republicans Audition For 2024 WH Run At CPAC

Politico reports: President Donald Trump is locked in a tough reelection battle, yet the Republicans looking to succeed him are already circling. They’re visiting early primary states, reaching out to major donors, and — in one instance — even running commercials in Iowa. But perhaps the most overt display of ambition is on display this week here at the Conservative …

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Trump Impersonator Disrupts Pence Speech At CPAC

From the right wing Daily Caller: Mike Pence took the stage at CPAC 2020 around noon (eastern time) Thursday, opening his speech with a message of optimism about America’s odds of defeating the coronavirus, and Trump’s odds of reelection. However, less than 10 minutes into the vice president’s remarks, a protestor dressed like the president stood up near the front …

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Pence Names Top AIDS Official To Virus Response Team

Bloomberg News reports: Vice President Mike Pence has selected the State Department’s top AIDS official, Deborah Birx, to join his coronavirus response team, his office announced on Thursday. Birx is a career government official who was nominated by former President Barack Obama in 2014 as the U.S. global AIDS coordinator responsible for overseeing humanitarian aid programs combating the epidemic. She …

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Sanders Blasts Pence: He Tried To “Pray Away” HIV

The Hill reports: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday slammed President Trump’s appointment of Vice President Pence as point man on the coronavirus outbreak. Sanders noted the HIV outbreak that occurred during Pence’s tenure as governor of Indiana, as well as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar’s refusal to promise that a coronavirus vaccine would be affordable to all. …

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