VP Mike Pence, Karen Pence test negative for coronavirus

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks, with White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows behind him, during a meeting with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (both not pictured) in the Capitol, in Washington, DC., U.S., September 29, 2020. Erin Schaff/Pool via REUTERS

Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday, hours after President Trump, first lady Melania Trump and White House adviser Hope Hicks confirmed they’d tested positive for the virus.

“As has been routine for months, Vice President Pence is tested for COVID-19 every day. This morning, Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for COVID-19,” Pence Press Secretary Devin O’Malley tweeted. “Vice President Pence remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery.”

Officials said the last time Pence and Trump were in close contact was Tuesday morning in the Oval Office. Both are tested regularly for the virus, as are most officials and staff who are in close proximity to the president.

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