US Vice-President Mike Pence’s aide tested positive for coronavirus

US Vice-President Mike Pence's aide tests positive for coronavirus
Katie Miller, seen here with Mike Pence's chief of staff, is married to Trump aide Stephen Miller. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: A top adviser to the US Vice President Mike Pence has tested positive for coronavirus. Just a day before, another White House staff member was diagnosed with the virus.

On Friday, Mr Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller tested positive for Covid-19.

The White House began daily testing for Mr Trump and Mr Pence, and has claimed to be taking “every single precaution to protect the president”.

The US death toll now passed 76,000, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Despite massive number of death toll, states are beginning to reopen.

Six members of Mr Pence’s team were abruptly taken off his plane, Air Force 2, after it was held on the tarmac outside Washington, DC for over an hour on Friday, as he prepared to travel to Iowa to meet religious leaders.

Mrs Miller is the wife of Trump aide Stephen Miller.

Trump told reporters during a meeting with Republicans at the White House: “She’s a wonderful young woman, Katie.”

The President said, Katie tested negative for a long period of time and then all of a sudden she tested positive on Friday.

When Mr Trump was asked about a possible outbreak at the White House, he said: “All you can do is take precautions and do the best you can.”

He also said defended himself from the criticism about not wearing masks while visiting the World War II memorial in Washington for VE Day. Trump said his decision to not wearing mask is correct because the elderly veterans there with him were “far away”.

Mr Trump told Fox and Friends earlier on Friday that his valets have already started wearing masks.

A day earlier, a member of the US Navy who serves the president’s food had tested positive for coronavirus.

“This is why testing’s not necessarily the answer,” the president said, though he noted staff would now be tested daily. “Testing only goes so far.”

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said: “We’ve taken every single precaution to protect the president,” and defended the measures taken by the White House to keep officials safe.

“This is the safest place you can come to,” said Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first saliva test collection kit for home use.

FDA has been criticized for allowing the market to become flooded with test kits that sometimes show wrong results.

The US is testing about 248,000 people per day and has tested around 8.1m people so far, according to the White House coronavirus task force.

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