US Vice President Mike Pence is not essential personnel and he should be quarantining, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, CNN medical analyst and professor of medicine and surgery at George Washington University, said Monday.
Despite exposure to people who have tested positive for coronavirus, Pence is not quarantining. The White House said he is not subject to CDC quarantine guidelines because he is “essential personnel.”
“The only way he is essential personnel is if the only mission in his life is to reelect Donald Trump,” Reiner told CNN’s Erin Burnett. “The essential personnel are the nurses that man our ICUs and the people that deliver our food, and most of those folks -- almost all those folks -- will quarantine and stay home.”
Reiner said that Pence is potentially exposing other people to the virus.
“The Vice President needs to be home. He needs to be following the rules. He's placing people at risk. He's not essential,” said Reiner.