White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has tested positive for COVID-19, officially making her trip to Europe a no-go. Psaki was expected to travel with President Biden to Belgium and Poland on Wednesday morning.
“Today, in preparation for travel to Europe, I took a PCR test this morning. That test came back positive, which means I will be adhering to CDC guidance and no longer be traveling on the President’s trip to Europe,” Psaki said in a written statement.
“Biden, who had two socially distanced meetings with Psaki on Monday, tested negative Tuesday, according to government officials. Psaki previously tested positive in October 2021 before President Biden’s trip to Italy and Scotland, and returned to work after quarantining,” Fox News reports.
“I had two socially-distanced meetings with the President yesterday, and the President is not considered a close contact as defined by CDC guidance. I am sharing the news of my positive test today out of an abundance of transparency,” the press secretary continued.
“Thanks to the vaccine, I have only experienced mild symptoms,” Psaki concluded, “In alignment with White House COVID-19 protocols, I will work from home and plan to return to work in person at the conclusion of a five-day isolation period and a negative test.”
Get well soon, Jen.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki tested positive for Covid-19 for a second time on Tuesday and will no longer travel to Europe with President Biden for this week’s talks with NATO and European allies https://t.co/phakKcqRKa
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