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Biden won’t travel to Kentucky without negative virus test, White House says

President Joe Biden looks down as he finishes speaking from the Blue Room Balcony of the White House Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, in Washington, as he announces that a U.S. airstrike killed al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri in Afghanistan. (Jim Watson/Pool via AP) Jim Watson/AP

Biden won’t travel to Kentucky without negative virus test, White House says

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President Joe Biden‘s Kentucky trip will hinge on a negative COVID-19 test, the White House confirmed Friday.

Biden and first lady Jill Biden are scheduled to travel to the Bluegrass State next week, which has been ravaged by storms leaving at least 37 dead and hundreds who remain unaccounted for. However, the president has the coronavirus as of Friday, and the trip won’t happen unless that changes over the next three days.

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“As it relates to his travel on Monday, he will only travel if he tests negative,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Friday.

The White House has been busy adding events to Biden’s public schedule next week amid the president’s second period of isolation, this time with a “rebound” COVID-19 infection. He is yet to test negative after disclosing his second round of positivity last Saturday.

As it stands, the first couple will fly to eastern Kentucky next Monday, where they will meet Gov. Andy Beshear (D-KY) and first lady Britainy Beshear “to visit families affected by the devastation from recent flooding and survey recovery efforts at a local Federal Emergency Management Agency State Disaster Recovery Center,” according to the White House.

The president had been scheduled to sign bipartisan burn pits legislation in a Rose Garden ceremony on Monday. That has been moved to Wednesday. He is also set to sign his semiconductor bill into law next Tuesday during an in-person ceremony.

Though his symptoms from the disease have all but vanished, it all hangs in the balance depending on next week’s test results.

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“He will not travel unless he is negative,” Jean-Pierre said. “Of course, he would not do that.”

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