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Vice President Mike Pence, second lady test negative for coronavirus

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence both tested negative for coronavirus Friday, according to the VP's press secretary.

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Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence both tested negative for coronavirus Friday, according to the VP's press secretary.

"As has been routine for months, Vice President Pence is tested for COVID-19 every day," Devin O'Malley tweeted. "This morning, Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for COVID-19. Vice President Pence remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery."

Earlier on Friday, Pence tweeted his own well wishes to President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump after the first couple announced their positive diagnosis from the virus.

"Karen and I send our love and prayers to our dear friends President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS Melania Trump. We join millions across America praying for their full and swift recovery."

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The president, who has spent much of the year downplaying the threat of a virus that has killed more than 205,000 Americans, said he and Mrs. Trump were quarantining. The White House physician said the president is expected to continue carrying out his duties “without disruption” while recovering.

Trump's announcement came hours after he confirmed that Hope Hicks, one of his most trusted and longest-serving aides, had been diagnosed with the virus Thursday. Hicks began feeling mild symptoms during the plane ride home from a rally in Minnesota on Wednesday evening, according to an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity to disclose private information. She was isolated from other passengers aboard the plane, the person said.

Hicks had been with Trump and other senior staff aboard Marine One and Air Force One en route to that rally and had accompanied the president to Tuesday’s presidential debate in Cleveland, along with members of the Trump family. They did not wear masks during the debate, in violation of the venue rules.

Multiple White House staffers have previously tested positive for the virus, including Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, national security adviser Robert O'Brien and one of the president’s personal valets.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.