June 27, 2022
Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, tests positive for Covid
ROME — White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Sunday that she had contracted a breakthrough case of Covid after members of her household tested positive.Psaki was initially expected to leave Washington with the president on Thursday for his week-long trip to Italy and Scotland, but principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre joined instead.Psaki…

ROME — Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, stated on Sunday that she had a breakthrough case Covid after several members of her family tested positive.

Psaki was initially expected to leave Washington with the president on Thursday for his week-long trip to Italy and Scotland, but principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre joined instead.

Psaki stated in a statement, that she had consulted senior leaders at the White House as well as the medical team and decided to not travel on the foreign trip. Psaki stated that she had been in quarantine with her family for four days before becoming positive on Sunday.

“While I have not had close contact in person with the President or senior members of the White House staff since Wednesday – and tested negative for four days after that last contact — I am disclosing today’s positive test out of an abundance of transparency,” she said.

” I last saw President Obama on Tuesday. We sat together outside for more than six feet apart and wore masks,” she said.

Psaki, who is fully vaccinated, said she has only experienced mild symptoms and has been working from home. She plans to return to work after a 10-day quarantine and a negative rapid test, an extra precaution required by the White House.

Lauren Egan is a White House reporter for NBC News based in Washington.

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