Pelosi Tests Positive After Dealings With Biden
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has just announced that she tested positive for coronavirus just hours after spending time with President Joe Biden.
A spokesman for Pelosi said the Speaker tested positive and was currently “asymptomatic.”
“The Speaker is fully vaccinated and boosted and is thankful for the robust protection the vaccine has provided,” the statement read, noting Pelosi would quarantine herself according to Centers for Disease Control guidelines.
The Speaker’s office also confirmed that a planned congressional delegation to Asia had been postponed as a result of the positive test for the virus.
Pelosi last appeared with President Joe Biden at the White House for a bill signing on postal reform on the evening of Wednesday, Apr. 6.
She stood right next to Biden and exchanged pleasantries at the ceremony. Neither of the two were wearing masks.
Biden appeared eager to spend time speaking with members of congress after the ceremony.
He spent over 20 minutes in the room shaking hands, giving hugs, and taking pictures with prominent Democrats before leaving.
The White House issued a statement revealing that Biden tested negative for the virus on Wednesday night.
“It’s almost impossible to isolate the president of the United States in a way that would keep him from getting sick,” one pandemic expert says.
Besides Pelosi, In the space of just one week, dozens of White House aides and federal officials have contracted the disease in an outbreak that appears to have touched all corners of the administration. Two Cabinet members have it, along with a growing list of congressional Democrats.
The outbreak has jolted a Washington establishment that’s been eager to leave Covid behind and offered an up-close reminder of the pandemic threat that still hangs over the nation and Biden’s presidency. It’s also raised fresh questions about how best to protect the 79-year-old commander in chief, who vowed this year to “get out” of the White House more often — yet faces an ever-present elevated risk of severe illness.
“Everybody’s in danger,” said Irwin Redlener, director of the Pandemic Resources and Response Initiative at Columbia University. “It’s almost impossible to isolate the president of the United States in a way that would keep him from getting sick.”