US President Joe Biden signs HR 3076, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022, during a ceremony in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 6, 2022.
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House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tested positive for Covid, but does not have any symptoms, her office said Thursday.
“After negative testing this week, Speaker Pelosi received a positive test result for COVID-19 and is currently asymptomatic,” her deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill said in a Twitter post.
Pelosi’s positive test is the latest in a series of Covid diagnoses among high-ranking government officials who attended Washington’s Gridiron Club and Foundation Dinner on Saturday night. While Pelosi didn’t attend the annual gala, Hammill told CNBC, more than a dozen DC powerbrokers who were there have since tested positive. That includes Attorney General Merrick Garland, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Reps. Joaquin Castro and Adam Schiff.
Her test result also comes a day after the California Democrat stood next to President Joe Biden at a bill signing event at the White House.
The 82-year-old Pelosi is second in line in the order of presidential succession, after Vice President Kamala Harris, in the event that Biden dies or is incapacitated.
“The Speaker is fully vaccinated and boosted, and is thankful for the robust protection the vaccine has provided,” Hammill wrote on Twitter. “The Speaker will quarantine consistent with CDC guidance, and encourages everyone to get vaccinated, boosted and test regularly.”
Politico reported Wednesday that several journalists who attended the dinner also had tested positive.
CIA Director William Burns also tested positive for the virus last week.
– Additional reporting by Kevin Breuninger