Pastor who joined Mike Pence at ‘Prayer March’ has COVID-19
A pastor who joined Vice President Mike Pence at a “prayer march” before the Rose Garden event to announce Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has tested positive for COVID-19.
Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., joined Pence at the Rev. Franklin Graham-led Prayer March 2020 near the Lincoln Memorial, which drew thousands of participants.
Laurie is the latest participant in the Rose Garden event later that day to contract the serious respiratory illness, New York magazine reported.
Pence’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
President Trump tested positive for the virus on Thursday evening and was hospitalized the next day at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Trump is expected to return to the White House on Monday night to continue his recovery.
Two Republican senators who attended the Sept. 26 Rose Garden event — Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina — are among a growing list of White House aides and outside guests who contracted the virus.
The vice president has tested negative for the virus in recent days and is expected to take on an enlarged role in the final month of the 2020 campaign as Trump recovers.
Pence is scheduled to fly to Utah on Monday to participate in a Wednesday debate against Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
After the debate, Pence will travel to Arizona and “begin a swing through key states,” the Trump campaign said Saturday.
After the Rose Garden gathering, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien tested positive for COVID-19, as did Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany disclosed Monday that she tested positive after being negative in prior daily tests.
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