White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre revealed on Sunday evening that she tested positive for COVID-19 after accompanying President Biden on a four-day trip to Belgium and Poland. .
“This afternoon, after returning from the President’s trip to Europe, I took a PCR test. This test came back positive,” Jean-Pierre said in a statement.
The deputy press secretary added that she last saw Biden “at a socially distanced meeting” on Saturday and claimed the president was not considered a close contact under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“I am sharing the news of my positive test today for the sake of transparency,” said fully vaccinated Jean-Pierre, who added that she had mild symptoms.
“As per White House COVID-19 protocols, I will be working from home and plan to return to work in person at the end of a five-day isolation period and testing negative,” she said. declared.
Positive COVID tests by the two top White House press officials booked Biden’s visit to Europe.
Press secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that she had tested positive for coronavirus and would have to give up traveling with the presidential entourage.
“Today, in preparation for a trip to Europe, I took a PCR test this morning. This test came back positive, which means I will follow CDC guidelines and will not be traveling again on the trip from president in Europe,” PSAki said in a statement.
She noted in her statement that Biden had tested negative.
PSAki, who is fully vaccinated, also tested positive for coronavirus in October after several members of his family were infected.
Illness forced her to miss Biden’s trip to Italy, the Vatican and the UK.
In addition to Jean-Pierre and Psaki, second gentleman Doug Emhoff also tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.
According to the White House, Biden recently tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday.
New York Post