President Trump was asked whether Vice President Mike Pence should come off the campaign trail since he was in close contact with his chief of staff, Marc Short, who tested positive for coronavirus and the President said, “you have to ask him.”
“You have to ask him, he’s doing very well, good crowds, very socially distanced, he’s doing very well,” Trump told reporters after he touched down in Maine on Sunday.
A statement from Pence’s press secretary Devin O’Malley released Saturday night said Pence would continue to campaign because he is considered “essential personnel.”
“While Vice President Pence is considered a close contact with Mr. Short, in consultation with the White House Medical Unit, the Vice President will maintain his schedule in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel,” the statement said.
Pence held two events in Florida yesterday where there was not any social distancing and based on pictures Pence tweeted, it appeared many in the crowd were not masked. He’s holding another event in North Carolina on Sunday night.