White House staff intructs to wear masks
White House staff have been instructed to wear masks when going in the West Wing after two aides confirmed Conoravirus positive
The instruction comes after an aide for Vice-President Mike Pence and a valet for President Trump fell ill.
Entering into the white house without a mask in the Rose Garden for a press orientation on Monday, however, the president said he did not need to follow the directive because he kept “far away from everyone”, and played down the White House infections.
“We have hundreds of people a day pouring into the White House” each day, he said. “I think we’re doing a good job containing it.”
Three members of the White House coronavirus task force went into self-isolation for two weeks after possible exposure to the illness.
They include Dr Anthony Fauci, who has become the public face of the fight against the pandemic in the US.
Mr Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller, the wife of Trump aide Stephen Miller, confirmed positive for the virus on Friday.
Mr Trump make note of the White House spread, saying it was “basically one person” who had the virus and that people who were in contact had since tested negative.