Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence’s spokesperson, has tested positive for the coronavirus, Politico reported Friday. The news of her diagnosis comes a day after news broke that one of President Donald Trump’s personal valets also tested positive for COVID-19. Trump and Pence, who largely refuse to wear face masks in public, have repeatedly tested negative for the virus. Pence was scheduled to go to Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, but his flight was delayed for an hour after news of his staffer’s diagnosis. Miller is married to White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, who works closely with Trump. “She’s a wonderful young woman, Katie, she tested very good for a long period of time,” the president said Friday. “And then all of the sudden today she tested positive. She hasn’t come into contact with me. She’s spent some time with the vice president.”
The VP was heavily criticized last month for not wearing a mask during a visit to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, despite the hospital saying they’d asked him to. Pence later said he didn’t think it was necessary because he is so frequently tested for the coronavirus.