West News Wire: On the eve of President Joe Biden’s departure overseas, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced she tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Psaki said she met with Biden on Monday, but that he tested negative on a PCR test on Tuesday.

In a statement, Psaki stated, “I had two socially-distant encounters with the President yesterday, and the President is not considered a close contact as described by CDC guidance.”

Psaki said she’ll “work from home and plan to return to work in person after a five-day isolation time and a negative test,” and she’ll “work from home and plan to return to work in person after a five-day isolation period and a negative test.”

Deputy press secretary Chris Meagher said no members of the press who attended Monday’s press briefing are considered close contacts. The White House is conducting contact tracing, he added.

This is the second time Psaki has tested positive for COVID-19. She first tested positive on Oct. 31, 2021.

Biden is traveling on Wednesday to Brussels to attend a NATO summit, meet with G-7 leaders and join a scheduled European Council Summit. Biden will then travel to Poland.

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