Mike Pence

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Pences Release Coronavirus Results

VP, wife Karen test negative after staff member tested positive

(Newser) - After a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus his office is heading up the nation's response for, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, have avoided the same fate, reports NBC News . "Pleased to report that the COVID-19 test results came back negative for both Vice... More »

White House Has Its First Positive Coronavirus Test

Official who works for VP Pence has fallen ill

(Newser) - The novel coronavirus has reached the White House. The Hill reports that, in an apparent White House first, an official who works there has contracted the virus—and that individual works for Vice President Mike Pence, who's been leading the administration's charge against the pandemic. "This evening... More »

Brazil Official Who Posed With Trump Tests Positive

Fabio Wajngarten met Trump at Mar-a-Lago on March 7

(Newser) - The developments are coming fast and furious on the coronavirus, and a new one involves President Trump himself. A Brazilian official who posed for a photograph with Trump and Mike Pence on March 7 at Mar-a-Lago has tested positive for the virus, reports the Washington Post and the AP . Fabio... More »

Coronavirus Jumps to the East Coast

Italy sees a 50% spike in cases

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence sought Sunday to reassure the American public that the federal government is working to make sure state and local authorities are able to test for coronavirus, as the number of US cases grew following reports of new infections in Illinois, Rhode Island, and Washington state, the... More »

Pence: There Might Be 'More Sad News'

Researchers fear the number of coronavirus cases in Washington state may reach 1.5K

(Newser) - The first US coronavirus death, recorded in Washington state over the weekend, is unlikely to be the last. "We know there will be more cases," Mike Pence said, adding that there could be "more sad news" ahead, CNN reports. The vice president is leading the Trump administration'... More »

White House Issues New Virus Travel Warnings

Trump defends use of word 'hoax' when describing Democrats' reactions

(Newser) - The Trump administration has news for Americans: Watch where you go, USA Today reports. With the coronavirus spreading, President Trump gave a press conference Saturday flanked by relevant officials—including Vice President Mike Pence, who said the US travel warning is now at level 4 (the highest) for travel to... More »

Experts Aren't Happy About Pence Leading Virus Response

VP's record in Indiana is in the spotlight

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence is now leading the administration's response to the coronavirus outbreak—but critics say his record shows he isn't the right person for the job. Early in his career, Pence wrote an op-ed claiming "smoking doesn't kill," and, as governor of Indiana,... More »

Mike Pence to Pope: 'You Made Me a Hero'

VP and family have a private audience at the Vatican

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence told Pope Francis, “You made me a hero" back home by granting him a private audience at the Vatican on Friday. The pontiff and the vice president had a private hour-long conversation, per the AP . Pence was beaming when the rest of his delegation was... More »

Pence Goes on a Surprise Trip Abroad

The VP lands in Iraq to discuss the Islamic State

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Saturday in the highest-level American trip since President Donald Trump ordered a pullback of US forces in Syria two months ago, the AP reports. Flying in a C-17 military cargo jet to preserve the secrecy of the visit, Pence... More »

Mike Pence Slams Nike, NBA in China Speech

VP says NBA is acting like a 'wholly owned subsidiary' of Beijing

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence took a swipe at Nike and the NBA on Thursday in a speech criticizing communist China's record on trade and human rights, saying American corporations have been too willing to ignore censorship and repression in pursuit of profits. Pence singled out the shoe company for... More »

Pence: We've Managed to Cut a Deal in Turkey

The vice president and Mike Pompeo went to Ankara to negotiate

(Newser) - Looks like Turkey's invasion of Syria may be short-lived, ABC News reports. The country's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed Thursday to halt the invasion for five days while Kurdish fighters leave a safe zone in northern Syria: "It will be a pause in military operation for 120... More »

Pence Is Drawn Into Ukraine Controversy

VP skipped leader's inauguration amid Trump pressure

(Newser) - As President Trump's anger over the Ukraine story grows, his second-in-command is being drawn into the controversy as well. The Washington Post reports that Trump used Mike Pence to ratchet up pressure on Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky in a few different ways. For starters, Trump ordered Pence to skip... More »

On an Island of No Cars, Pence Brought His Motorcade

Michigan's Mackinac Island has banned vehicles since 1898

(Newser) - Motorized vehicles have been banned on Michigan's Mackinac Island for 121 years—but you wouldn't know it by the eight-vehicle motorcade that carried Vice President Mike Pence to a Republican leadership conference at the Grand Hotel on Saturday. That naturally set off a flurry of wagging fingers—and... More »

Pence's Visit to Ireland Causes Fuss on 2 Continents

Democrats want to know why he stayed in Trump's resort; Irish columnists ticked for another reason

(Newser) - Vice presidential trips abroad don't typically generate controversy, but Mike Pence managed to buck the norm on his visit to Ireland. The big issue is the decision to stay at President Trump's golf resort in Doonbeg, though Pence's hosts were upset for other reasons. One columnist even... More »

Pence Announces Big Step Toward Space Force

US Space Command to be established Aug. 29

(Newser) - We're a week away from having a US Space Command—not to be confused with a US Space Force . "Next week we will formally stand up the new unified combatant command that will be known as the United States Space Command," Vice President Mike Pence announced Tuesday... More »

Pence's Trip to New Hampshire Axed Over Alleged Drug Dealer

The VP would have encountered Jeff Hatch, Politico explains

(Newser) - There were nothing but question marks after Mike Pence suddenly canceled a planned appearance in New Hampshire on July 2 just before Air Force Two was set to depart. His office referenced an unspecified security concern, reports the Washington Post . President Trump offered something more intriguing: "You'll know... More »

At Border Detention Centers, Pence Says, 'The Crisis Is Real'

Trump has called reports of poor conditions 'phony'

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence visited a migrant detention center Friday where he saw nearly 400 men locked behind caged fences, appeared to scrunch his nose at the stench, and quickly left. Pence, who brought Republican lawmakers with him, had already taken in the sight from a bird's-eye room at... More »

Welcome to Gay Hell, Literally

Elijah Daniel says he has bought Hell, Michigan, plans to add 'Gay' in front of name

(Newser) - About 15 miles from Ann Arbor, Michigan, lies the small town of Hell. For now. A YouTube celeb named Elijah Daniel says he has bought the 5-acre commercial parcel and plans to officially rename it—to Gay Hell, Michigan. The 25-year-old announced his plan on Twitter Tuesday, reports NBC News... More »

Trump Won't Commit to Pence for the Top Job

Not even 'Fox & Friends' can get president to commit

(Newser) - "I love Mike," President Trump said Friday. Still, he said he'd have to size up the field before throwing his support behind Mike Pence for president in 2024. Trump was asked “Fox & Friends” whether Pence could count on his "automatic endorsement." Trump wouldn'... More »

VP on Pride Flag at Embassies: 'One American Flag Flies'

Mike Pence says keeping pride flag off of embassy flagpoles is 'right'

(Newser) - Mike Pence has no issue with the Trump administration's decision to keep pride flags off flagpoles at US embassies during Pride Month. "We're proud to be able to serve every American," but "when it comes to the American flagpole, and American embassies, and capitals around... More »

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