White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre revealed Sunday night time that she had examined positive for COVID-19 after accompanying President Biden on a four-day journey to Belgium and Poland — although the White House revealed Monday that the commander-in-chief had not contracted the virus.
“This afternoon, after returning from the President’s trip to Europe, I took a PCR test. That test came back positive,” Jean-Pierre mentioned in a statement.
The deputy press secretary added that she final noticed Biden “during a socially distanced meeting” on Saturday and claimed that the president was not thought-about a detailed contact in line with steerage from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The White House introduced Monday that the president had been examined for COVID-19 “as a part of his regular testing cadance” and the check had come again negative.
“I am sharing the news of my positive test today out of an abundance of transparency,” mentioned the totally vaccinated Jean-Pierre, who added that she was experiencing gentle signs.
“In alignment with White House COVID-19 protocols, I will work from home and plan to return to work in person at the conclusion of a five-day isolation period and a negative test,” she mentioned.
Positive COVID tests by the highest two White House press officers bookended Biden’s go to to Europe.
Press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned Tuesday that she had examined positive for coronavirus and must bow out of touring with the presidential entourage.
It was the second time Psaki, who’s totally vaccinated, had examined positive for COVID-19 and been pressured to overlook an abroad journey.
In October, the virus pressured the press secretary to overlook Biden’s journey to Italy, the Vatican and the United Kingdom.
In addition to Jean-Pierre and Psaki, second gentleman Doug Emhoff additionally examined positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.