Vice President Mike Pence is under fire for continuing to campaign for re-election despite five of his close advisors, including his Chief of Staff, Marc Short, have tested positive for coronavirus over the past few days.
ABC News reports "at least 5 individuals in the Vice President's orbit have tested positive as of last night." The New York Times has reported "up to five" have tested positive. Fox News reports "5 close to Pence test positive for coronavirus."
The latest COVID-19 outbreak in the White House was exposed once again by Bloomberg News' Jennifer Jacobs, who first reported Hope Hicks was positive. That report led to President Donald Trump having to admit he and the First lady had also tested positive in an outbreak that infected at least 34 people who had attended the White House Rose Garden celebration of the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
But unlike Senator Kamala Harris, who was exposed to an individual who tested positive and immediately self-quarantined, Vice President Pence will not. He is back on the campaign trail, with the White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, saying doctors have cleared him to campaign.
On Sunday, Meadows claimed the Vice President is an "essential worker" and therefore must continue to campaign, which is false – campaigning is not part of his job as vice president.
After several aides, including his chief of staff, tested positive for Covid-19, White House chief of staff Mark Me… https://t.co/HZQLVREX9Q— CNN Politics (@CNN Politics)1603631981.0
Meadows admitted on Sunday the Trump administration has no intention of even attempting to control the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re not going to control the pandemic," he told CNN. “Because it is a contagious virus just like the flu.”
Meadows also tried to hide that Pence's Chief of Staff had tested positive. The White House claimed he first tested positive on Saturday, but Meadows on Sunday slipped, admitting "he’s been quarantining these last few days."
Americans are furious that Pence, the head of the White House coronavirus task force, is ignoring CDC
guidelines – and basic common sense – after coming into contact with five of his close advisors who are positive.
Here's what many are saying:
This is the most important point this a.m. Pence is now a walking advertisement for the failure of his own task fo… https://t.co/rEJOa8q4uD— David Rothkopf (@David Rothkopf)1603630394.0
Vice Superspreader Mike Pence can recklessly campaign all he wants, but I'm not getting within a mile of that infectious fuck— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich)1603635483.0
5 Pence aides have COVID, but Pence will stay on the campaign trail. Simply reckless. Angering.— Voice of Reason (@Voice of Reason)1603642088.0
This is criminal and shows depraved indifference towards the lives of Pence Trump supporters and all Americans. Mak… https://t.co/IbijKGnb1s— Richard Pollack (@Richard Pollack)1603635825.0
By going ahead with campaigning after at least 5 of his staff have tested positive, it's hard to see how Pence isn'… https://t.co/mIxbZ3TU5R— JimAndrews518 (@JimAndrews518)1603642097.0
We are now up to at least 5 people in Pence’s orbit who have tested positive, and yet @VP is not planning to quaran… https://t.co/UKN8COuOuC— Jeremy Diamond (@Jeremy Diamond)1603633979.0
MOST RECENT DAILY CASE COUNT: TAIWAN: 2 VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE'S STAFF: 5 https://t.co/TDUxD1UyuT— Ken Tremendous (@Ken Tremendous)1603639816.0
5) Update—there is also a newly reported coverup of the VP office’s outbreak by the Trump WH chief of staff.… https://t.co/kE00KEiAWV— Eric Feigl-Ding (@Eric Feigl-Ding)1603596660.0
BREAKING: The coronavirus has turned the corner.....and was last seen driving straight into Mike Pence’s office, as… https://t.co/YoOxDJTiEi— cαηα∂α нαтεs тя☭мρ (@cαηα∂α нαтεs тя☭мρ)1603629898.0
Has Pence’s office tested the fly? That might make 6 cases, not 5.— Greg Dworkin (@Greg Dworkin)1603622550.0
@VP @realDonaldTrump This is criminal level disregard for the health and well-being of the people who are around yo… https://t.co/wet2XvNiHn— Tom Corn (@Tom Corn)1603642672.0
NYT reports VP Pence CoS, others in close contact, have tested positive for COVID19. All should be in quarantine. H… https://t.co/n0P8RlJgZ3— Dan Yurman (@Dan Yurman)1603643141.0
Mike Pence is coming to Minnesota on Monday after 5 of his staff tested positive for Coronavirus. We don’t want him… https://t.co/4ditI41ABV— Jesse Lifson (@Jesse Lifson)1603624406.0
@maggieNYT Makes you wonder--Is Pence the head of the "Coronavirus task force" or is he the head of the "Coronavirus super spreader force".— Oreo (@Oreo)1603600175.0