Blinken Cuts Asia Trip Short After Possible COVID-19 Exposure
Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s plane was welcomed by people wearing hazmat suits after he cut his Asia trip short on Wednesday when a member of the press corps tested positive for COVID-19.
“We learned this morning, through our routine PCR testing, that a member of our traveling press pool tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement. “The individual who tested positive will remain in isolation, and we will continue to adhere to and go beyond CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidance, including with our rigorous testing protocol, for the remaining traveling party.”
Blinken spoke with the foreign minister of Thailand about the decision to cut the trip short and “expressed his deep regret.
John Hudson, one of the press corps members traveling with Blinken, tweeted on Wednesday that “these are the type of people who start approaching your plane after someone tests positive for corona in the secretary’s entourage.