Vice President Mike Pence told reporters today that he had not yet been tested for the novel coronavirus and he doesn’t know whether President Donald Trump had been.
During a coronavirus press conference at the White House on Monday, Trump revealed that his administration will announce “major” economic relief policies for working Americans amid on Tuesday. I’ll “explain what we’re doing from an economic standpoint,” the president said. “They will be very dramatic.”
Pence clarified that there are “concerns among ‘hourly wage earners feeling like they had to go to work even if they were ill. The president has tasked this economic team, working together already with leaders in Congress, to make sure that anyone that feels they are at risk of losing their job or losing a paycheck because they may contract the coronavirus.”
“We tell people ‘if you’re sick, stay home,'” the vice president added. “The president has tasked the team with developing economic policies that will make it very, very clear that we’re going to stand by hard working Americans, stand by those businesses large or small to make it possible for us to put the health of America first.”
As Trump exited the stage following this announcement, reporters began asking loudly whether he had been tested for the virus. The president ignored their questions and walked off the stage.
Reporters then directed the attention to Pence, asking him whether he had been tested. “I have not been tested for the coronavirus,” the vice president said.
“Has the president been tested?” one reporter asked. “He’s been in close proximity with someone who has the virus,” another added.
In response, Pence admitted he “honestly” didn’t know whether Trump had been tested. “Let me be sure to get you an answer on that. I honestly don’t know the answer to the question,” he said. “But we’ll refer that question and we’ll get you an answer from a White House physician very quickly.”
Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.