REVEALED: Mike Pence was force to postpone his campaign event in Arizona after 'at least eight of his Secret Service agents got infect
REVEALED: Mike Pence was force to postpone his campaign event in Arizona after ‘at least eight of his Secret Service agents got infected with coronavirus’
- Mike Pence announced on Saturday he was postponing his trip to Phoenix
- The decision came amid a troubling surge in coronavirus cases in Arizona
- Senior officials told The Washington Post Pence had to delay his campaign event after ‘eight to ten’ Secret Service agents became sick
- At least one had tested positive, while several others were showing symptoms, sources said
Mike Pence had to postpone his campaign event in Arizona this week after ‘several’ of his Secret Service agents reportedly fell ill with coronavirus.
The vice president was scheduled to go to Phoenix on Tuesday but announced he was canceling the trip on Saturday due to a troubling spike in COVID-19 cases in the state.
However, two White House officials told The Washington Post Pence had been advised to delay the event by a day because one Secret Service agent on the ground had become ill with the virus and several others were showing symptoms.
Mike Pence was forced to postpone his trip to Arizona after several of his Secret Service agents got infected with coronavirus. He is pictured with Governor Doug Ducey in Phoenix on Wednesday
The vice president instead flew out on Wednesday only to speak at public health briefing and he did not leave the airport
The VP was instead told to make the trip on Wednesday in order to give the agency time to send in ‘healthy agents’, according to the Post.
About eight to ten Secret Service members or federal officers who were scheduled to go to with Pence to Arizona had become sick, sources said.
Pence eventually flew out to Phoenix on Wednesday but only for a public health briefing held at the airport with Governor Doug Ducey and health officials.
The two hour event had apparently been ‘scaled back’ amid coronavirus concerns, and the vice president did not leave airport during the trip.
During the press conference, Pence was asked why he had made the journey to Arizona to which he replied: ‘Well, the rising cases here in Arizona is why I’m here.
‘It’s why we brought the White House Coronavirus Task Force here. ‘I’m a real believer, as President Trump is, in sitting down with the people that are leading the effort,’ he said.
A Pence spokesperson had told Fox News on Saturday he would ‘no longer participate in campaign events in Arizona and Florida this week.’
A sign alerts motorists that visitors are not allowed on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in eastern Arizona due to COVID-19
‘This is related to coronavirus numbers increasing in those states,’ the spokesperson said.
The Trump administration has been criticized in recent days after the president held a campaign rally in Tulsa last Saturday and another event with supporters in Phoenix earlier this week despite the rising number of coronavirus cases.
Dozens of Secret Service employees and other administration staffers quarantined themselves after the Tulsa event, where campaign employees were feared to be exposed to infection.
At least eight White House staffers tested positive for COVID-19 – even as the president tries to project an image of ‘business as usual.’
But the sharp spike in coronavirus cases has put the Trump administration in a political bind since the numbers clash with the push to reopen businesses in hopes of speeding up the economic recovery.`
Meanwhile, a number of states have been forced to roll back on their Texas cities have begun issuing curfews and stay-at-home orders again after bars in the state were forced to close last Friday for a second time due to a surge in coronavirus cases, as the number of new infections in the US hits an all-time high.