Mike Pence’s post-election vacation raises eyebrows as COVID ravages staff: ‘Sounds more like quarantine’
Vice President Mike Pence speaks on US relationship with China at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. (AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM)

Vice President Mike Pence is headed on vacation after the election, as coronavirus rages in the West Wing.


At least four members of Pence's staff, including his chief of staff Marc Short, tested positive for COVID-19 late last month, and President Donald Trump's own chief staffer Mark Meadows and several others tested positive this week, along with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and campaign adviser David Bossie.

The vice president and his wife Karen Pence have repeatedly tested negative as outbreaks have erupted in the White House in recent weeks, according to administration officials.

The couple left for vacation Tuesday to Sanibel Island, Florida, where they have traveled for 30 years, as the Trump campaign challenges an election loss in several states to Joe Biden.

The destination may be familiar to the Pences, but the timing raised some eyebrows as the nation continues to be gripped by the pandemic the vice president is supposed to be overseeing from the White House.