Mike Pence had to postpone the trip to Arizona after Secret Service agents tested positive for coronavirus
REVEALED: Mike Pence was forced to postpone his Arizona campaign event after “at least eight of his Secret Service agents were infected with coronavirus”
- Mike Pence announced on Saturday that he will postpone his trip to Phoenix
- The decision came amid a disturbing wave of coronavirus cases in Arizona
- Senior officials told The Washington Post that Pence had to postpone his campaign event after ‘eight to ten’ Secret Service agents fell ill
- At least one was tested positive, while several others showed symptoms, sources said
Mike Pence was forced to postpone his Arizona campaign event this week after “several” of his Secret Service agents reportedly fell ill with coronavirus.
The vice president was due to go to Phoenix on Tuesday, but announced that he would cancel the trip on Saturday due to a disturbing spike in COVID-19 cases in the state.
However, two White House officials told the story The Washington Post Pence was advised to postpone the event by one day because an agent on the spot had become ill with the virus and several others were showing symptoms.
Mike Pence was forced to postpone his trip to Arizona after several of his Secret Service agents were infected with coronavirus. He was pictured Wednesday with Governor Doug Ducey in Phoenix
Instead, the Vice President flew only on Wednesday to speak at the public health briefing and did not leave the airport
The VP was instead told to take the trip on Wednesday to give the agency time to send in “ healthy agents, ” the Post reported.
About eight to 10 Secret Service members or federal officers who would go to Arizona with Pence had fallen ill, sources said.
Pence eventually flew to Phoenix on Wednesday, but only for a briefing on public health at the airport with Governor Doug Ducey and health officials.
The two-hour event had apparently been ‘scaled back’ due to concerns about the corona virus, and the vice president was not leaving the airport on the trip.
At the news conference, Pence was asked why he made the trip to Arizona to which he replied, “Well, the emerging cases here in Arizona is why I’m here.
“That’s why we brought the White House Coronavirus Task Force here. “I really believe, like President Trump, that I sit down with the people in charge,” he said.
A Pence spokesperson told Fox News on Saturday that the vice president would “no longer participate in campaign events in Arizona and Florida this week.”
A sign warns motorists that visitors are not allowed at Fort Apache Indian Reservation in eastern Arizona due to COVID-19
“This is related to the increasing number of coronavirus in those states,” the spokesman said.
The Trump administration has been criticized in recent days after the president held a campaign meeting in Tulsa on June 20 and another event with supporters in Phoenix last week, despite the increasing number of coronavirus cases.
Dozens of Secret Service and other administration staff quarantined after the Tulsa event, fearing that campaign workers would be exposed to infection.
At least eight White House staffers tested positive for COVID-19 – even if the president tries to project an image of business as usual.
But the sharp spike in coronavirus cases has put the Trump administration in a political tie since the numbers have clashed with pressure to reopen companies in hopes of accelerating economic recovery. ‘
Meanwhile, a number of states have been forced to reverse their reopening plans after new cases started to rise.
Texas and Florida, which were among the first to start lifting home orders in May, ordered the closing of bars a second time last week after both states saw record peaks in the number of new cases in one day.