President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence keep their distance from each other to prevent speaker Nancy Pelosi from taking the lead.
The two men “are keeping some distance for the foreseeable future after consulting with the White House medical department,” a senior administrative officer told DailyMail.com.
If the President and Vice President become or become incapacitated for work, the President of the House becomes President, as set out in the order of succession in the Constitution.
“We have to be very careful. Crazy Nancy would be a total disaster and the US will never be a communist country! Trump tweeted Tuesday, in response to a tweet that noted that Pelosi is in third place if the president and Pence become incapacitated by the corona virus.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence keep their distance after a Pence assistant finds positive for coronavirus
When President Trump or Vice President Pence dies or becomes incapacitated, speaker Nancy Pelosi takes the lead
President Trump and Vice President Pence were last together on Thursday
President Trump has previously pushed aside questions about whether he and Pence should keep a distance to maintain the chain of command should one of them become infected with the corona virus.
But that has changed after Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller tested positive for the disease last week.
The change is already in effect. Pence was not at Trump’s press conference in the Rose Garden on Monday, which was unusual as he was a regular attendees in the past. The two were last seen together at the White House on Thursday.
Trump noted at his news conference on Monday that he hadn’t seen Pence since Miller’s diagnosis.
“I haven’t seen him since,” said the President, indicating that a separate policy would come into effect. “We can talk on the phone.”
The vice president will lead a meeting of the Coronavirus Task Force on Tuesday, but it is unclear whether he will be present in person or will participate in a conference call.
During a conversation with governors on Monday, Pence told them that he took extra precautions and participated in the conversation “in a separate room on my own” while Dr. Deborah Birx was “in a situation room with some staff,” according to CNN, which has obtained audio from the call.
Pence’s office is located across the street from the West Wing in the Old Executive Office Building, making it easy to keep the two leaders separate. He was in that office on Monday wearing a face mask, ABC news reported.
On Monday, the new safety protocols were in place at the White House when several employees – including senior adviser Jared Kushner and press secretary Kayleigh McEnany – first wore masks in public at the president’s press conference in the Rose Garden.
Pelosi wears a mask on Capitol Hill and has followed social distance guidelines.
White House employees were told on Monday that they should always wear a mask when entering or moving around the building, after a coronavirus cluster has started on the complex.
Minister of Health and Human Services Alex Azar also wore a mask at the press conference, as did Deputy White House Secretary Hogan Gidley.
“Almost everyone has a face mask on,” President Trump noted at the news conference, where the president used his own podium that he didn’t have to share with other officials who spoke. Reporters asked him questions by speaking their own masks and bending over so that their voices could be picked up by shared microphones they didn’t touch.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany (L) wears a face mask during a coronavirus testing press conference at the White House Rose Garden on May 11, 2020 in Washington, DC
White House senior advisor to President Jared Kushner wears a protective face mask in the rose garden, while U.S. President Donald Trump has coronavirus disease
No Mask: President Donald Trump defended his administration’s test record when he unveiled equipment at the White House – but unlike his staff, he didn’t wear a mask
Masked officials: White House press secretary Kayleih McEnany (left) and tech supporters all wore masks for the first time
Jared masked: President Jared Kushner’s son-in-law and adviser followed new protocol introduced after president’s clerk and Mike Pence’s press secretary positive for coronavirus
Obey the Rules: Jared Kushner wore a mask during the press briefing
Detached Audience: The White House put newly masked officials in front of a clear line and reporters behind the press conference
Masks are the new uniform: the White House staff finally overtook other workplaces on Monday and stood at a press conference in the Rose Garden to hide – although not all were two feet apart
Protective detail: Secret service agents were also spotted in masks for the first time at the president’s press conference
Rose Garden cover-up: White House employees wore masks to listen to their boss during a press conference, the first time new rules have been introduced since two positive White House diagnoses
Accessorized: Assistant Secretary of the White House, Hogan Gidley, wore sunglasses over his surgical mask
Protect and Serve: Uniforms and Secret Service apparel wore masks as the President spoke
Masked press corps: Reporters at the Rose Garden press briefing – including Francesca Chambers from McClatchy newspapers (center) – all covered to enter the White House
Trump said he issued the order in person, saying that he will ensure that he is not close to “anyone” and that he takes social distance.
Instead of answering directly, Trump spoke about the policy from Monday. “Almost everyone I’ve seen today has worn a mask,” said Trump.
“I don’t think the system broke down completely. One person surprisingly tested positive because the previous day, [she] tested negative, “Trump said.
‘It can happen. It’s the hidden enemy, remember that. It is the hidden enemy. So things are happening.
Trump referred to three task force coronavirus members who tested negative after contacting Katie Miller, an assistant he publicly identified on Friday.
But the three tested negative. The one who tested positive will be fine, will be absolutely fine, “Trump said.
“I didn’t feel any vulnerability at all,” said Trump.
All workers in the West Wing were told by email on Monday that they can only take off their masks when they are at their desks and while they are socially distant. They are also discouraged from inviting guests, ABC News reported.
The move is a dramatic walk back from weeks when the White House ignores its own CDC guidelines, with masks reducing the chance of infections spreading.
But the memo didn’t say whether Donald Trump would lead by example, while Vice President Mike Pence came to work on Monday without wearing a mask.
The White House struggled to address a coronavirus crisis in its own corridors after Donald Trump’s attendant and Mike Pence’s press secretary both tested positive for the disease.
White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, also wore a mask, although she did not during her press conference on Friday
White House and Secret Service members stand along the West Wing colonnade before U.S. President Donald Trump holds corona virus
Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar and others wear face masks while attending a press conference on coronavirus testing in the Rose Garden
Mike Pence was due to return to the White House on Monday. On Friday, a top employee of the vice president tested positive for the coronavirus
WHO WAS CAUGHT IN WHITE HOUSE VIRUS CLUSTER
The personal attendant of Donald Trump, a Navy steward whose identity remains unknown
Tested positive after suffering symptoms and is now job free. Trump claimed to have had “very little contact” with him
Katie Miller, Mike Pence press secretary and spokeswoman for the coronavirus task force
Tested positive on May 8, the day after I went to a nursing home without wearing a mask. Quarantined now, but not her husband Stephen Miller. It is unclear from whom she contracted the virus
Dr. Tony Fauci, member of the coronavirus task force, the nation’s leading expert in infectious diseases
Self-insulating after contact with Katie Miller. Says it will be “adjusted”; will testify to the Senate through a video link
Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of food and drugs, chief of the FDA, member of the coronavirus task force
Self-insulating after contact with Katie Miller. Has been tested and is negative
Dr. Robert Redfield, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, member of the coronavirus task force
Self-insulating after contact with Katie Miller. He says he will come to the White House if desired
Vice President Mike Pence, chief of the coronavirus task force
Extensive contact with Katie Miller, but says he doesn’t isolate himself. Went to Iowa after testing positive for a meeting where others were asked to remove masks
Dr. Deborah Birx, Coronavirus Response Coordinator
Some contact with Katie Miller but is not self-insulating
General Joseph Lengyel, head of the National Guard Bureau and member of the chief of staff
Tested both positive and negative; did not attend the Saturday meeting of the President and the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Admiral Mike Gilday, Chief of Maritime Operations, Member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Self-quarantine for a week after contact with a family member who tested positive; did not attend the Saturday meeting of the President and the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Governor of Iowa Kim Reynolds
Reynolds announced that she would be undergoing a “modified quarantine plan” after learning that she was in contact with Miller. This weekend, she was told the assistant was present when Reynolds visited the White House last week.
Despite the possibility that he was exposed to the virus, Pence went to his office in the Old Executive Office Building (OEB) on Monday after speculation on Sunday that he would be self-quarantined.
But he chaired a conference call from a coronavirus task force with governors alone from one room, while other officials remained in the Situation Room, ABC News reported.
“Many of you heard that we had some staff who tested positive,” he told the participants, explaining why he was alone.
His assistant Katie Miller tested positive on Friday after showing symptoms on Thursday when she went with the vice president to a nursing home near Washington, D.C. and was not wearing either mask.
Her contacts were traced on Friday. She is not only Pence’s press secretary, but also a spokesperson for the coronavirus task force he heads.
That brought Dr. Tony Fauci, together with FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn and the CDC director, Dr. Robert Redfield, to go into “custom” quarantine.
But Pence “has tested negative every day and plans to be in the White House,” spokesman Devin O’Malley said in a statement.
Under the new directive, the White House now requires everyone entering the West Wing to wear a mask or face mask … Employees who sit in the West Wing are not required to wear face masks while sitting at their desks if they are at the correct social distance of their colleagues. ‘
Pence’s decision to get to work comes as the White House takes steps to continue projecting a picture of determined action, despite now being the most talked-about infection center in the country – with Kevin Hassett, one of the economic advisers from Trump who call it scary there. and said he would be “safer at home than in the West Wing.”
The new policy comes just minutes before the president would hold a press conference where some of his best advisers would be sidelined and Pence was not expected to be present. And it comes the day before a Senate hearing entitled, “COVID-19: Get back to work and back to school safely.”
All four crown witnesses are required to testify remotely, as well as President of the Senate for Health and Labor Education Lamar Alexander, who was exposed to someone who was positive.
President Trump had revealed on Friday that Miller, who is married to his immigration adviser and speech writer Stephen Miller, has tested positive for the corona virus.
Pence and his team got to know the test on Friday shortly before flying to Iowa for an event – an event he undertook without a mask.
The list of people affected grew on Monday, when Iowa’s Republican Governor Kim Reynolds announced that she would be undergoing an ‘altered quarantine plan’ after hearing that she was in contact with Miller, the Washington Post reported. This weekend, she was told that the assistant was present when she visited Washington.
CNN reported Monday that it was still unknown how Katie Miller was infected.
It doesn’t look like she had been in close contact with the White House servant, who tested positive last Wednesday.
He has not been named, but his contact with other West Wing employees appears to have been limited.
But the two cases did cause changes to the White House on Monday.
Secret service agents charged with protecting the President will finally start wearing protective masks – even if the President himself continues to shun practice.
The agents are among the many people who work in the White House complex and are preparing to take new precautions after two people who work there have tested positive for the virus – as a senior official admitted it was ‘scary’ to be in the building to work.
White House employees – almost all of whom did not want to wear masks, even though the White House and the Centers for Disease Control encouraged Americans to use them – are now allowed to take new social distance measures while at work, ABC news reported.
Agents who are close to the President or who are near the Oval Office will hang the masks, according to the report – following news that a clerk who was near Trump tested positive for the coronavirus .
One measure under consideration is to leave White House assistants several feet apart, an important CDC recommendation to prevent the spread of the virus, including during their meetings with the President.
That requirement had been part of the normal lives of the Americans for weeks, but had not been maintained in the White House.
However, people who are scheduled to meet Trump – a self-proclaimed germophobe – will continue to be tested.
For weeks, outsiders who came to the White House to meet Trump have been tested.
Reporters attending the White House briefings were tested once, but are now only allowed to undergo temperature controls before participating and entering the White House complex.
In recent days, reporters from the White House briefings have kept masks on their heads, but staff, including new press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, have not.
But one of Donald Trump’s top economic advisers admitted on Sunday that it is “ scary ” to think about going back to work, and expressed his own concern about working in the White House during the pandemic.
“It’s scary to go to work,” Kevin Hassett told CBS News on Sunday morning. “I think I would be much safer sitting at home than going to the West Wing. But you know, it’s the time when people have to come up and serve their country. ‘
“Are you wearing a mask? Do you keep showing up for work at the White House? CBS News Margaret Brennan posed for Hassett while Trump continues to receive criticism for not wearing a mask in public.
Even amid increasing infection rates and deaths across the country, White House officials have avoided embracing mask protocols. Last Tuesday, when Trump flew to Arizona, assistants including Hope Hicks, Jared Kushner, and Dan Scavino walked close to Marine One without wearing masks.
“I have a mask here,” Hassett said. “And the fact is that I practice aggressive social distances. I wear a mask when I find it necessary. ‘
Hassett acknowledged that it is ‘risky’ to work in the West Wing because it is a ‘small, busy place’.
The economic advisor’s acknowledgment of fear is also because several states have begun to ease restrictions on lockdown and stay at home.
At the local level, some states, counties and places have decided to start reopening by allowing non-essential companies to operate and close areas closed to enforce social distance guidelines, such as beaches, golf courses and marinas.
Trump’s Democratic Challenge Joe Biden turned the White House crisis into a political attack, accusing the Trump administration of not setting up enough tests for the nation’s corona virus, but trying to make the West Wing safe.
It’s been more than two months since Trump claimed that ‘anyone who wants a test can get a test.’ Biden wrote in a new opinion in the Washington Post.
“The administration is well aware that this is also the right way – after all, the president and his staff are now tested daily.
“They knew exactly how to make the Oval Office safe and operational, and they did the work to do it. They just didn’t do the same job for the rest of us. ‘
Without testing, he wrote, the nation cannot proceed with the phased reopening that is taking place.
‘If we want to have thriving workplaces, restaurants, shops and parks, we have to be tested extensively. Trump doesn’t seem to be able to provide it – not to mention employee safety protocols, consistent health guidelines or clear federal leadership to coordinate a responsible reopening, “he wrote.
Biden cited Friday’s unemployment rates, which give the nation the highest unemployment since the Great Depression, saying the task calls for “urgent, stable, empathetic, unifying leadership.”
Yuma Regional Medical Center registered nurses Daena Zamora, left, and Rebecca Adame work with one of the participants during the YRMC COVID-19 ‘Testing Blitz’ in the Yuma Civic Center parking lot, Saturday, May 9, 2020, in Yuma, Ariz.
Trump has repeatedly praised the tests in the United States, saying in late April that it was “much better than any other country in the world.”
Trump also tweeted, “The only reason the US has reported a million cases of coronavirus is that our tests are sooo much better than any other country in the world.
“Other countries are far behind us in testing and therefore show far fewer cases,” he claimed.
The United States has more than 1.3 million cases of coronavirus, more than any other country in the world.
Public health experts have said that the nation should step up the tests as it reopens to identify people with the infection and isolate them to prevent them from spreading the infection.
The nation tests approximately 250,000 people a day, although experts at Harvard’s Global Health Institute have suggested more than 900,000 a day, amid a nationwide call to step up contact detection to track down those who came in contact with infected people.