US Vice-president Mike Pence and His Wife Test Negative for Covid-19, Confirms Spokesperson
A file photo of US Vice President Mike Pence with President Donald Trump. (AFP)
US Vice President Mike Pence tested negative on Friday for Covid-19, his spokesperson said after President Donald Trump stunned the world by disclosing he has contracted the coronavirus.
"As has been routine for months, Vice President Pence is tested for Covid-19 every day. This morning, Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for Covid-19," spokesman Devin O'Malley tweeted.
Pence could take over the presidency in the event of Trump being unwell.
Trump late on Thursday said he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for Covid-19 and have been quarantined after a top aide tested positive for coronavirus, in a shock development that disrupted his scheduled public appearances in the crucial final weeks of the election campaign.
Trump’s positive test came hours after the White House announced that senior aide Hope Hicks came down with the virus after traveling with the president several times this week. Trump was last seen by reporters returning to the White House on Thursday evening and looked to be in good health.
Under Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution's 25th Amendment, adopted in 1967 following the 1963 assassination of President John Kennedy, Trump could declare in writing his inability to discharge his duties, handing over power to his deputy.
Vice President Mike Pence would become acting president, although Trump would remain in office. The president would regain his powers by declaring in writing that he is again ready to discharge them.
Pence would become acting president, although Trump would remain in office. The president would regain his powers by declaring in writing that he is again ready to discharge them.