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Susan Rice tests positive for COVID-19 days after meeting with President Biden

White House domestic policy adviser Susan Rice has tested positive for Covid-19, she announced Monday.  

Rice said she last saw President Joe Biden five days before her diagnosis but was masked and is not considered a close contact. She is fully vaccinated and has had two booster shots.

“This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. I’m feeling fine and grateful to be vaccinated and double boosted. I last saw the President in person on Wednesday, masked, and under CDC guidance he is not considered a close contact,” Rice tweeted.

Rice is the latest high-ranking Biden administration official to contract the coronavirus. President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken recent tested positive.

In recent months, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, second gentleman Doug Emhoff, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Attorney General Merrick Garland, White House press secretary Jen Psaki also all tested positive.

In early April, more than 10% of attendees at the Gridiron Dinner in DC tested positive after journalists and officials spent an evening together, reportedly without masks.

Gridiron attendees who tested positive included Attorney General Merrick Garland, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Harris’ communications director Jamal Simmons and first lady Jill Biden’s spokesman Michael LaRosa.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tested positive on April 7th after attending two White House events with Biden. Biden kissed Pelosi on the cheek at one event and she stood behind his shoulder one day later at a bill-signing ceremony.

White House officials have acknowledged it is possible the President will at some point contract Covid-19 but have emphasized the precautions being taken to prevent infection. The White House is also not considering returning to pandemic-era restrictions, according to Jen Psaki. 

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH 

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK POST

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