Mike Pence

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 18: Vice President Mike Pence wears a mask as he departs the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after meeting with him at the U.S. Capitol on May 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump is scheduled to attend a luncheon this afternoon with Senate Republicans. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 24: Vice President Mike Pence arrives for the Senate Republican luncheon in Hart Building on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 26: Vice President Pence speaks after leading a White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing at the Department of Health and Human Services on June 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. Cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are rising in southern and western states forcing businesses to remain closed. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)
TULSA, OK - OCTOBER 12: Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum speaks at the historic Big 10 Ballroom on October 12, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The venue was renovated and will operate as a community center for A Pocket Full of Hope. Photo by Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor
on February 10, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Where Things Stand: This Is Going To Backfire
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Another member of the inner circle has tested positive for COVID-19.

MSNBC and CNN are both reporting that a member of Vice President Mike Pence’s staff has COVID-19. The staffer is reportedly not physically near him at the moment. Pence is on Air Force 2, currently en route to Iowa for an event.

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Where Things Stand: The Rare Admission Of Error
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In the Trump administration, officials are more likely to dig their heels into errors than admit any level of wrongdoing.

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