Vice President Pence is expected to join President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump tears into ’60 Minutes’ after segment with whistleblower Bright James Woods defends Trump: He ‘loves America more than any president in my lifetime’ Kansas governor to meet with Trump at White House MORE in the White House Situation Room on Monday for a video conference call with governors, after days of separation between the two as a COVID-19 precautionary measure.
Pence and Trump, along with first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpBarack Obama wishes Michelle Obama a Happy Mother’s Day Trump reflects on Mother’s Day, says in his mother’s eyes he ‘couldn’t do any wrong’ The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump calls into ‘Fox & Friends’ MORE, are scheduled to participate in the 4 p.m. call with governors, which will focus on the response to the novel coronavirus. The call will be closed to press.
Pence has kept his distance from Trump in recent days out of an abundance of caution after two White House officials, including the vice president’s press secretary, tested positive for COVID-19.
Pence, who is leading the White House coronavirus task force, avoided events and meetings that he would have otherwise likely attended, including Trump’s remarks on testing and the introduction of leaders for an accelerated vaccine development program. The White House did not give a timetable for how long Trump and Pence would remain apart but an administration official said May 11 it would be for the “immediate future.”
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Trump said he and Pence had been talking frequently on the phone and that he missed him.
“He was in the room with somebody that tested positive, and he did not test positive. He tested the opposite,” Trump told reporters during a White House meeting with the governors of Colorado and North Dakota. “He’s in good shape. But I guess we said for a little while we’ll stay apart because you don’t know what happens with this very crazy and horrible disease.”
Pence is scheduled to resume travel this week after keeping a low profile. The vice president will travel to Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday to meet with Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisDisney partially reopening Florida entertainment, shopping complex Pence to visit Florida Wednesday amid state’s reopening House poised to pass coronavirus relief bill: What you need to know today MORE (R) to discuss the state’s reopening plan. Pence will also deliver personal protective equipment to a Florida nursing home and meet with hospitality and tourism industry leaders to discuss plans for reopening during the pandemic.
Both Trump and Pence are being tested daily for the coronavirus after the cases among White House staff were reported; neither has reported a positive test. The White House has also implemented a policy requiring West Wing aides to wear face coverings except when socially distanced at their desks in an effort to prevent any spread of the virus.