EXCLUSIVE: Pence explains positive case in White House, says Iowa a model for other states

Vice President Mike Pence’s arrival in Iowa was delayed Friday because one of his aides tested positive for COVID-19. Press Secretary Katie Miller was not scheduled to travel with Pence to Iowa. However, Pence spoke exclusively to sister station KCCI-TV about his decision to continue with the trip. Pence said he didn’t even consider canceling his trip Friday. “We listen very carefully to the council of the White House Physician’s Office,” Pence said. “We did have some staffers who left the plane, so they could be tested. We put their health and safety first. But, we wanted to be in Iowa today and it’s good to be here.”Pence said everyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 has been in his thoughts every day, including those who work in Iowa’s meatpacking plants. “There’s never been a day that’s gone by that we haven’t thought of the hardships that this has placed on American families who have suffered loss. But also, as you said, the anxiety it has placed on people across the country,” Pence said. “It’s one of the reasons why the president took such decisive steps early on, whether it be suspending all travel to China, setting up a White House coronavirus task force, or launching the 15, and what would be 45, days to slow the spread.”He said the steps to reopen Iowa’s businesses have been appropriate and the TestIowa initiative should be a model for other states.

Vice President Mike Pence’s arrival in Iowa was delayed Friday because one of his aides tested positive for COVID-19.

Press Secretary Katie Miller was not scheduled to travel with Pence to Iowa. However, Pence spoke exclusively to sister station KCCI-TV about his decision to continue with the trip. Pence said he didn’t even consider canceling his trip Friday.

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“We listen very carefully to the council of the White House Physician’s Office,” Pence said. “We did have some staffers who left the plane, so they could be tested. We put their health and safety first. But, we wanted to be in Iowa today and it’s good to be here.”

Pence said everyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 has been in his thoughts every day, including those who work in Iowa’s meatpacking plants.

“There’s never been a day that’s gone by that we haven’t thought of the hardships that this has placed on American families who have suffered loss. But also, as you said, the anxiety it has placed on people across the country,” Pence said. “It’s one of the reasons why the president took such decisive steps early on, whether it be suspending all travel to China, setting up a White House coronavirus task force, or launching the 15, and what would be 45, days to slow the spread.”

He said the steps to reopen Iowa’s businesses have been appropriate and the TestIowa initiative should be a model for other states.