Biden accuses Trump of giving up in Covid fight

Biden accuses Trump of giving up in Covid fight

One of Vice President Mike Pence's closest political advisers, Marty Obst, tested positive for coronavirus infection this week, according to three people familiar with the matter, adding to the number of cases in and around the White House.

The vice-president's office announced the diagnosis of his chief of staff, Marc Short, late on Saturday, adding that Mr Pence tested negative and would maintain his busy schedule of travel, ahead of the November 3 election.

"Pence both tested negative for COVID-19 today, and remain in good health", vice presidential spokesman Devin O'Malley said in the statement.

Two people associated with Vice President Mike Pence have tested positive for Covid-19.

Adalja suggested Pence follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance surrounding coronavirus exposure by quarantining regardless of test results, holding the vice president to the standard "every American is held to".

Mr Biden's running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, took four days off the campaign trail earlier this month after her communications director tested positive for Covid-19.

Mr Meadows declined to say whether Mr Pence, who has headed the White House coronavirus task force, would be tested daily going forward, but did say "we do test on a regular basis". Obst's infection was first reported by Bloomberg News. Vice President Pence campaigned in Kinston on Sunday, Oct. 25, while President Trump campaigned in Lumberton on Saturday, Oct. 24. He was last around Pence about a week ago but wasn't in close proximity to the vice president, two of the people said.

Pence, who held in-person rallies in Florida on Saturday, most recently tested negative on Sunday morning, hours before he was set to host a campaign event in North Carolina.

Mike Pence's chief of staff and a senior political advisor 'test positive for coronavirus'

Trump and his aides again on Sunday lashed out on Biden, falsely asserting Biden was determined to lock down the economy, while the president is centering his attention on getting therapies and vaccines to market.

Obst first worked for Pence in the spring of 2016, during his re-election campaign for governor of Indiana.

Trump and his aides have repeatedly attacked Biden's energy levels and what they say is his thin record of accomplishments.

"They certainly have access to proper protective equipment, unlike a lot of other essential workers that don't have that kind of access", Gottlieb said. The latest outbreak follows what health experts described as a super-spreader event at the White House on September 26 where President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Asked why the Trump campaign is not requiring people attending rallies to wear masks, Meadows said the campaign offers masks to attendees but, "We live in a free society".

"Donald Trump isn't suddenly going to protect all of us".

The virus has claimed more than 224,000 American lives.

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