Vice President Mike Pence has abruptly cancelled all events scheduled Friday in Indiana, according to the AP White House reporter Jonathan Lemire.
VP Pence, in Arizona now, has cancelled events in Indiana tomorrow and will be returning to Washington instead
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) October 8, 2020
Olivia Nuzzi, Washington correspondent for New York Magazine was scheduled to be the print pool reporter and the trip and reports that planning was still underway within an hour of the cancelation.
“Question: if this is just a matter of postponing for convenience, why would the VP’s office make the change so suddenly and without immediate explanation at a moment when the White House is experiencing a coronavirus outbreak that’s infected the president and dozens of others?” Nuzzi tweeted.
Pence’s spokesman Devin O’Malley tells pool, “Nobody’s sick. There’s no positive tests. The VP is planning on travelling on Saturday and Monday. We’ll have more information on the vice president’s schedule next week soon.”
“’Nobody’s sick’ is an interesting choice of words for the White House this week,” Nuzzi added.
Vice President Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence had been scheduled to travel to Indianapolis to cast their ballots by early voting. The trip had been on the books for at least 9 days. The White House provided NO EXPLANATION for Pence’s sudden change of plans.
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) October 8, 2020
This comes just one day after the Vice Presidential Debate in Salt Lake City where Pence’s bloody left eye ignited speculation about his health.
White House doctors have cleared the vice president of a conjunctivitis infection, commonly known as pink eye, and believe Pence suffered from a broken blood vessel instead, according to the official.