SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF / CNN) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday, according to her Deputy Chief of Staff.
“Out of an abundance of caution, Speaker Pelosi was tested for COVID-19 this morning by the Capitol’s Office of the Attending Physician,” Drew Hammill tweeted Friday. “Dr. Monahan just informed the Speaker that she tested negative.”
Pelosi was tested after meeting with Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin earlier this week on a coronavirus stimulus bill.
Prior to their meeting, Mnuchin spoke with President Donald Trump, who has now tested positive for coronavirus, in the Oval Office.
Pelosi is just one of several members of Congress who are being tested for the virus Friday — including Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, who flew on Air Force One with the President this week, and Sen. Rob Portman, who attended an outdoor event with Trump on Monday. Their moves to get tested highlight how the President’s positive coronavirus result has ricocheted across Washington, as White House aides and lawmakers begin retracing their steps over the last several days to identify whether they may have been exposed.
Mnuchin, who announced he tested negative Friday morning, has been negotiating with Pelosi this week in an effort to strike agreement on an additional aid package to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. That effort has stalled, though Pelosi and Mnuchin continue to negotiate. House Democrats voted Thursday night to pass their own package, which has slim chances of being considered in the Republican Senate.
In light of the President’s diagnosis, Pelosi called for a conclusion to those talks.
“We have to have the funding for tracing and treatment and engage in social distancing. That’s not what the White House was engaged in,” Pelosi said. “Now, hopefully, they’ll send a different message to the country, or even if they don’t do that, it will be a lesson learned by the rest of the country.”
She urged Americans to pray for the President and his family. Trump’s wife, Melania, has also been infected.
In interviews Friday morning, Pelosi criticized the administration’s approach to the virus, saying the events the President has attended in recent days and his time spent around other people without face masks “was sort of a brazen invitation for something like this to happen.”
“It’s sad that it did,” Pelosi told MSNBC. “But nonetheless, hopeful that it will be a transition to a saner approach to what this virus is all about.”
She told CNN she hopes this moment will spur people to be more serious about wearing masks, social distancing, and taking other measures to stop the spread of the virus.
“Every infection is a sad one,” Pelosi said of the Americans who have contracted the virus.
The number of deaths due to the virus, she said, is “a tragedy beyond comprehension.”
“Let’s just take it as a prayerful moment for our entire country,” Pelosi later said on CNN.
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