August 14, 2022

VP Pence to take on extra campaigning duties during President Trump’s illness

The Trump campaign has confirmed that Vice President Mike Pence will step in to fill the campaigning gap left by President Trump’s forced coronavirus quarantine. 

Due to the President’s positive COVID-19 test, he will be off the campaign trail for several weeks with only a month to go until election day.

The Hill reported on Friday that some of Trump’s campaign events will be moved to a virtual format and the rest postponed while he recovers from coronavirus.

Now, it appears that Pence will take on extra duties during Trump’s convalescence. Fox News reported on Saturday:

A campaign official told Fox News Saturday evening that Pence and the president had shared multiple phone calls since the president arrived at Walter Reed Medical Center Friday.

A campaign official said they expected additional events to be added to the vice president’s schedule. Pence will be going to Utah for the vice presidential debate and then Arizona for events on Thursday.

The matchup between Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic nominee for vice president, will proceed as scheduled.

Vice President Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence had tested negative for the virus since Trump’s diagnosis, and appear to be ready to take on the challenge.

Pence tweeted on Saturday: “WH Task Force met today. Working around the clock to expand Testing, PPE, Therapeutics & expect to have a Vaccine by end of 2020. Grateful for the prayers for President @realDonaldTrump, @FLOTUS & EVERY American family dealing with COVID-19. We Will Get Through This Together!”

President Trump was transported to Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday evening out of an “abundance of caution,” according to the White House. Trump’s medical team said on Saturday afternoon that they are “extremely happy with the progress” Trump has made since his diagnosis on Thursday.

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