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COVID in the White House

Pence tests negative for COVID-19 after Trump's diagnosis

Vice President Mike Pence has tested negative for COVID-19 following President Trump's positive coronavirus diagnosis.

Pence's press secretary, Devin O'Malley, announced in a tweet that both the vice president and his wife, Karen Pence, tested negative for the coronavirus on Friday morning.

"Vice President Pence remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery," O'Malley said.

The news came after Trump said that both he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19, immediately prompting concern regarding who close to the president may have been exposed to the coronavirus. The New York Times reports that "top advisers to the president described themselves as in a state of shock and said they expected a number of additional cases among people in Mr. Trump's orbit." One of Trump's closest aides, Hope Hicks, had previously tested positive.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who debated Trump on Tuesday, is expected to be tested for COVID-19 on Friday morning, CNN reports.