Pence press secretary tests positive for coronavirus

Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, has tested positive for coronavirus. The president said during a roundtable Friday that “Katie” in Pence’s office had tested, positive, and CBS News can confirm he was referencing the vice president’s press secretary. 

In this April 29, 2020, photo, Katie Miller, press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence, listens as President Donald Trump speaks in the State Dinning Room of the White House in Washington. Alex Brandon / AP

The news comes after a member of the military who served the president as a personal valet tested positive for the virus. The White House is increasing the regularity of testing for those who come into contact with the president and vice president to occur daily, instead of weekly. 

Trump Wedding In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo President Donald Trump’s White House Senior Adviser Stephen Miller, left, and Katie Waldman, now Miller, arrive for a State Dinner at the White House in Washington Patrick Semansky / AP

It’s not clear when Miller, who is also the wife to top Trump aide Steven Miller, last interacted with the president or vice president, but CBS News can confirm she was within close proximity to the vice president. 

Miller joined Pence’s office last year from the Department of Homeland Security. 

The vice president’s flight to Iowa was delayed roughly an hour on Friday without an explanation from the White House, and some members of the vice president’s staff were sighted deplaning by pool reporters. 

— CBS News’ Ben Tracy and Arden Farhi contribute to this report. 

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