Pence says he doesn’t know if Trump has been tested for coronavirus
Vice President Mike Pence says he has not been tested for coronavirus and does not know if President Trump has been tested. Four members of Congress — including one who recently shook President Donald Trump’s hand and another who rode on Air Force One on Monday — have announced that they would self-quarantine after coming into contact with an individual who was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus at CPAC.
Vice President Mike Pence said Monday that he does not know whether President Donald Trump had been tested for the novel coronavirus, even though Trump has been in close physical contact with members of Congress who recently opted to self-quarantine due to their proximity to someone with the virus.
“I really don’t know the answer to the question, but we’ll refer that question and we will get you an answer from the White House physician very quickly,” Pence, who leads the administration’s coronavirus task force, said during a White House press briefing Monday evening.
Trump, who was also at the briefing, was asked whether he’s been tested but didn’t answer, leaving the briefing room before answering any questions.
Pence also said that he has not been screened for the coronavirus, later adding that there has been “no recommendation” that he be tested.
Two Republican members of Congress, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins and Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, recently announced they would self-quarantine after being informed that they were in close proximity to someone at a major conservative conference last month, who has since been diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Collins shook hands with Trump during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday. And Gaetz rode in the presidential limousine before riding on Air Force One with the President on Monday.
It was aboard that flight that Gaetz “was informed today by CPAC while he was mid-flight on Air Force One that he had come in contact with the infected attendee,” according to his office. “Once he landed, he then was immediately tested,” for the coronavirus.
Pence was pressed by CNN’s Kaitlan Collins during Monday’s briefing on the President’s interactions with members of Congress who are in self-quarantine.
“I just simply don’t know what the White House physician has recommended to the President,” Pence said, adding, “we’ll let you know tonight” whether he has been or will be tested for the virus.
The directive of the White House physician, Pence said, “is to see to the health and well-being of the President of the United States and we’ll get you a very direct answer on that.”