Vice President Mike Pence delayed a trip to Arizona earlier this week after several Secret Service agents tasked with planning the route tested positive or showed symptoms, according to reports.
Pence decided to move the trip from Tuesday to Wednesday this week to allow healthy officers to travel to Arizona when at least one state agent has a confirmed case. Eight to ten federal agents and officers have shown symptoms, the Washington Post reported, citing two senior Trump administration officials speaking on condition of anonymity.
The trip was also postponed due to other factors linked to the virus, the New York Times reported.
Last Saturday, a Pence spokesperson told Fox News that he had canceled campaign events in the state due to the spike in virus cases, but still plans to meet with the governor on location to assess the situation.
He met with Governor Ariz Doug Ducey in Phoenix for a short visit and a press conference at the airport on Wednesday to discuss the virus.
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“I asked the acting secretary of homeland security to move immediately to provide additional doctors, nurses and technical staff,” Pence said at the press conference. “Aid is on the way and we will spare no expense in providing the type of reinforcements you will need across the state if this pandemic continues to spread. ”
The vice president also postponed campaign events in Florida this week. Both states reported a record number of viruses upon reopening and have since closed some businesses.
A Pence spokesperson neither confirmed nor denied the story’s validity to the Post, writing: “Instead of emphasizing Vice President Pence’s concerted efforts with members of the task force to visit and support states with new cases, the Washington Post chooses to use its pages to report a story of little use to Americans who try every day to learn more about how the coronavirus affects them or about efforts response from the administration. ”
A Secret Service spokeswoman said the agency did not comment on its methods and did not confirm that the officers tested positive, but said, “The health and safety of our workforce, of their families and our protected persons remain the highest in the agency. priority “, according to the post.
Several secret service agents and campaign staff who helped prepare for Trump’s June 20 rally in Tulsa have also tested positive for the virus.
Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller also tested positive for the virus in early May. She has since recovered.
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The president and vice president are tested daily for the virus, the White House said.