Ashley Biden, President Biden’s daughter, tested positive for COVID-19 and will not accompany her mother on a trip to Latin America, according to first lady Jill Biden’s office. They released the news just hours before Jill left for Ecuador on a three-nation visit.
The 40-year-old first daughter canceled a trip to Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine earlier this month, claiming her exposure to the virus a week after attending many White House Correspondents’ Dinner parties.
Ashley Biden does not satisfy the CDC definition of a “close contact” for either of her parents, according to Michael LaRosa, a spokesman for Jill Biden. The latter is also visiting Panama and Costa Rica.
Joe and Jill Biden last saw their daughter in person “a few days ago,” according to White House communications secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
Jean-Pierre corrected herself and then said she was told it was “around a week,”
Due to his old age, President Biden is at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19. Biden has received four doses of Pfizer’s vaccine, which has reduced his risk of severe illness or death.
Ashley Biden has struggled with drug addiction, and her diary entries from 2020 included references to “probably not appropriate” childhood showers with her father. The diary received little attention until last year when it was certified as legitimate by an FBI inquiry and other reporting.
Despite a long line of close calls, the president has yet to contract the virus that has killed 1 million Americans.
After meeting with Biden last week, Susan Rice, the White House Domestic Policy Council director, tested positive. Following the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the president shook hands with ABC reporter Jonathan Karl — who tested positive two days later – Secretary of State Antony Blinken tested positive.
Last month, many prominent DC Democrats tested positive for the virus, including Vice President Kamala Harris. More than 10% of participants at the Gridiron Dinner in DC in early April tested positive, including numerous White House aides.
Attorney General Merrick Garland caught COVID-19, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Harris’ communications director Jamal Simmons, and LaRosa himself at the Gridiron party.
After attending two White House events with Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tested positive on April 7. During one event, Biden kissed Pelosi on the cheek, and she stood behind his shoulder at a bill-signing ceremony the next day. Valerie Biden Owens, Biden’s sister, also tested positive that week.
In 2020, President Donald Trump contracted COVID-19 and was admitted to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland for three nights.