Vice President Pence, wife to be tested for COVID-19

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President Donald Trump listens as Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Saturday, March 21, 2020, in Washington. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is at right. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(CNN/KLAS) — Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday during a news conference Saturday that he and his wife Karen would be tested for the coronavirus.

The announcement comes after it was announced Friday that one of Pence’s staffers tested positive for the virus.

“Given the unique position that I have as Vice President and as leader of the coronavirus task force, both I and my wife will be tested for the coronavirus later this afternoon,” Vice President Pence said.

Pence’s spokesperson said that neither the vice president nor Pres. Trump had close contact with the person.

Pence said that more than 195,000 Americans have been tested for the virus. Pence noted that number does not include county hospitals or health care labs around the country. Currently, only 19,343 tests have come back positive, Pence said.

Pres. Trump told reporters that Congress is close to reaching a deal on a proposal for the next stimulus bill to deal with the pandemic.

On Saturday, congressional and administration negotiators entered a crucial day in the effort to deploy more than $1 trillion in emergency stimulus to a staggering economy, with a growing consensus on a final agreement, but a handful of significant hang-ups still needed to be resolved.

Bipartisan groups of senators worked late into Friday night with top officials from Trump’s administration to lock in a final agreement — a deal that people directly involved in the negotiations tell CNN could top a cost of $1.5 trillion — before falling short of a midnight deadline imposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Larry Kudlow, a top economic adviser to Trump, went even further on the overall scope of the package Saturday, telling reporters it could top $2 trillion.

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