In this file picture taken on December 11, 2019 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a press convention on the State Department in Washington, DC. AFP
America’s prime diplomat Mike Pompeo was in quarantine Wednesday after being uncovered to an individual who has examined constructive for Covid-19, the State Department mentioned.
The 56-year-old Secretary of State “has been tested and is negative,” it mentioned in a press release.
“In accordance with CDC guidelines, he will be in quarantine,” the State Department mentioned. “He is being closely monitored by the Department’s medical team.”
The State Department mentioned that for privateness causes it was not figuring out the particular person Pompeo got here into contact with.
The US Secretary of State is fourth within the line of succession after the president following the vice chairman, speaker of the House of Representatives and president professional tempore of the Senate.
President Donald Trump was hospitalized for 3 days in October after contracting Covid-19. His spouse, Melania, and son Barron, additionally caught the illness.
While Trump regularly appeared in public with no facemask, Pompeo usually wore one throughout his overseas journeys.
Pompeo and his spouse, Susan, hosted a vacation social gathering on Tuesday for the households of US diplomats serving abroad.
According to The Washington Post, Pompeo had been scheduled to talk on the occasion however canceled his speech.
The newspaper mentioned greater than 900 invites had been despatched out for the reception however lower than 70 individuals confirmed up for the indoor occasion.
US well being authorities have discouraged massive indoor gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic which has left greater than 300,000 individuals lifeless within the United States.
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The CNN tv community reported in the meantime that Pompeo had been scheduled to satisfy someday within the subsequent few days with Antony Blinken, who has been nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to be the following secretary of state.
Pompeo is one among Trump’s most loyal supporters and a gathering with Blinken is seen as doubtlessly problematic for the secretary of state because the president has nonetheless refused to acknowledge he misplaced the November 3 election.