Katie Miller returns to work after fear of the coronavirus and expecting a baby with husband Stephen Miller
Katie Miller, spokesman for Vice President Mike Pence who tested positive for the coronavirus, announced that she is back at work after three negative results and is expecting a child with husband Stephen Miller, an advisor to President Donald Trump.
Back to work today after three NEGATIVE COVID tests. Thank you to all my wonderful doctors and everyone who contacted me. I couldn’t have done it without my wonderful husband who took good care of his pregnant wife. #TransitionToGreatness, ‘Miller tweeted Tuesday morning.
Miller, who is spokesperson for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, tested positive for the coronavirus on May 8 and Thursday. It’s her first day at the White House.
On February 16, 2020, she married at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. President Trump, Vice President Pence and possibly members of the government, married Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to President Trump, known for his hard-nosed view of immigration.
Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence’s spokesperson who tested positive for the coronavirus, announced that she is back to work
Katie Miller also announced that she and husband Stephen Miller are expecting their first child; the couple married on February 16, 2020 at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Miller’s positive result for the coronavirus test caused shock waves from the Trump administration. Her result came shortly after a Navy servant serving meals to the President tested positive for the disease.
While the clerk was close to the President, Miller was a prominent figure with senior staff and a fixture in the corridors of the West Wing. She often walked around talking to people, for example by stopping in the White House press room to check in on reporters.
She was in regular contact with Trump, Pence and senior board members.
After she and the servant tested positive, the White House instituted new protocols to prevent the virus from reaching the president. Employees, Secret Service agents, and military personnel wore masks. In addition, senior staff began to be tested for the disease daily.
Trump also started a two-week treatment with the anti-malaria hydroxychloroquine as a countermeasure to potential exposure. The president claims the drug may help fight the coronavirus, but the FDA has issued a warning that only patients in the hospital with the virus should use the drug.
Pence proved negative despite his spokesman’s diagnosis. He was seen wearing a mask around the White House in the aftermath. Plus, he and President Trump spent several days apart to make sure Pence wasn’t infected.
Trump admitted for two weeks that he missed his vice president.
“I haven’t seen Mike Pence and I miss him,” said Trump. “We said for a while that we will be separated because you don’t know what happens with this very crazy and terrible disease.”
Miller was also constantly in the White House press room when President Trump, the vice president, and members of the coronavirus task force – including Dr. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx – informed the media about the government’s work to combat the disease.
Fauci and Birx regularly started wearing masks during White House briefings, but both said they would not isolate themselves at home because they were essential workers.
Vice President Mike Pence, Dr. Antony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx started wearing face masks around the White House regularly after Katie Miller tested positive for coronavirus
Katie Miller speaks to reporters as Vice President Mike Pence delivered supplies to a nursing home in Northern Virginia on Thursday, the day before her positive coronavirus test
Katie Miller is married to Stephen Miller, senior White House advisor; the two can be seen at the September 2019 state dinner for the Australian prime minister
President Trump, Vice President Pence, and several members of the administration attended Miller’s wedding in February
Katie Miller, who was then using her maiden name Katie Waldman, joined Pence’s office in September 2019
Katie Miller will listen on Thursday as CMS administrator Seema Verma speaks at an event at a nursing home in Northern Virginia
Trump said he was not concerned about the risk of infection at the time, despite the virus getting closer to the Oval Office.
“I’m not worried,” he said. “We are taking very strong precautions from the White House.”
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows called the White House the “ safest place to go. ”
He said additional security protocols have been established in the past 48 hours, but declined to specify them.
“I don’t want to go into all the procedures we’ve started, but I can tell you this – it’s probably the safest place you can go,” he said.
Staff are monitored daily, provide symptom history, and all workspaces are regularly and thoroughly cleaned, according to Assistant Secretary of the White House, Judd Deere.
“The President’s doctor and the White House operations continue to work closely together to ensure that every precaution is taken to keep the President, first family and the entire White House complex safe and sound at all times. In addition to social distance, daily temperature checks and symptom histories, hand sanitizer, and regular thorough cleaning of all workspaces, every staff member near the President and Vice President is tested daily for COVID-19, as well as all guests, ” said Deere in a statement. DailyMail.com.
On the day Miller announced the test result, Pence was not in the White House, but in Iowa. His flight to Des Moines was delayed nearly an hour that morning. Reporters who traveled with the Vice President reported that several staff had left the plane before it finally took off.
Miller was not on the vice president’s run, but may have been been in contact with six people who would fly. They were taken off the plane.
A senior official said the six were tested later on Friday and the results were negative.
The official declined to say Miller’s level of contact with Pence, but said Trump had not been in contact with her lately.
“I’m not going to get in touch with the vice president. The president has not had contact with this person recently, “said the official.
Katie Miller with Vice President Mike Pence and his chief of staff Marc Short on Capitol Hill in December
Miller worked closely with the Coronavirus Task Force and helped prepare this March briefing
Stephen and Katie Miller during their wedding at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. in February, attended by President Trump and Vice President Pence
“This morning we had someone on the Vice President’s staff test positive, so we went back with caution and recently reviewed all of the person’s contacts,” said a senior official.
“That’s why we asked some of our employees to get off the plane. No one else showed symptoms or felt sick. We asked them to get tested and go home with caution, ”added the official.
Only 10 Pence staff are tested daily, and not every person out of the hundreds who work in the Old Executive Office building across the street from the White House complex.
Miller is the second person in the White House complex to test positive in a week. In March, another Pence employee tested positive, but that person did not have regular contact with the Vice President.
The positive tests raised questions about the White House policy of reducing the spread of the coronavirus within the complex, including the offices in the West Wing where the President works, the Old Executive Office building where many assistants are located, the East Wing offices of the first lady and the Executive Mansion where the first family lives.
Questions were asked about the safety of the leadership of the nation and the first family after a presidential clerk tested positive.
The servant was part of the White House Military House, an elite group of officers and men assigned to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The servant is not identified, but his duties include serving meals to the president – Trump likes burgers and steak – and accompanying the president on a trip. In other words, the servant is said to have regular contact with Trump.
“No one is physically closer to the President, outside of his family, than the servants,” Kate Andersen Brower author of “The Residence” – a book about White House staff – told DailyMail.com.
First Lady Melania Trump has been much stricter in the areas of the White House she oversees, including the residence and the East Wing, and requires staff to wear masks.
Melania Trump, who is regularly tested for the coronavirus, has advocated wearing face masks, recording a video urging people to wear one, and was shown wearing one herself.
When it comes to coronavirus testing, the White House uses the Abbott Labs test to detect the coronavirus, yielding results in about 15 minutes. It’s about taking a person’s nostrils and waiting for the result.