December 6, 2022

Jen Psaki tests positive for COVID-19 but President Biden tests negative ahead of Europe trip to back Ukraine against Russia

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing on Thursday, Septtember 23, 2021, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Erin Scott)
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing on Thursday, Septtember 23, 2021, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Erin Scott)

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has tested positive for COVID-19 and will no longer travel with President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to Europe on Wednesday, she said in a statement on Tuesday.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden disembark Air Force One, Thursday, October 28, 2021, at Rome- Fiumicino International Airport as they arrive for the G-20. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

President Biden tested negative on Tuesday via PCR test, Psaki added.

“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,” she wrote “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.” 

“Thanks to the vaccine, I have only experienced mild symptoms. 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,” she wrote.

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