Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday and is quarantining, according to a White House statement.
Why it matters: Short is Pence's closest aide, and was one of the most powerful forces on the White House coronavirus task force.
- Short is a key a public face of the administration — one of its more frequent advocates in the press and on television — and works closely with West Wing staff.
- Earlier Saturday, Marty Obst, a top outside adviser to Pence, tested positive, ABC News and others reported. Obst is an outside adviser and not a government employee.
The big picture: Short joins a long list of top White House officials who have been hit by the virus — one of the biggest crises ever to hit a White House, and a central issue in the election, which is less than 10 days away.
- Katie Miller, Pence's communications director, tested positive in May.
- After President Trump tested positive in early October, longtime aide Stephen Miller tested positive, as did press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
- A FEMA memo reported that 34 people were associated with the White House outbreak, ABC News reported.
A statement from the vice president's office said: