May 8, 2020 / 5:44 PM / 24 days ago

Trump has not had contact with infected Pence staffer recently: official

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as Vice President Mike Pence looks on during a meeting with Texas Governor Greg Abbott about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 7, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has not been in contact recently with a member of Vice President Mike Pence’s staff who was found to be infected with the coronavirus, a senior administration official said on Friday.

“This morning we had someone on the vice president’s staff test positive and so out of abundance of caution we went back and looked into all the person’s contacts most recently,” the official told reporters traveling with Pence to Iowa, according to a media pool report.

The official said the staffer may have been in contact with six people who were scheduled to travel on Friday with the vice president and they were removed from the flight before it departed.

An earlier media pool report had said neither Trump nor Pence had been in contact with the staffer recently.

(This story corrects headline and first paragraph to clarify official was referring only to Trump’s recent contacts.)

Reporting by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Chris Reese

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