Hours after his positive test for Covid-19, President Trump did not appear on a scheduled call with governors from across the country early Friday afternoon, and Vice President Mike Pence took his place on the call.
“I know many of you were expecting to hear from President Trump today,” Mr. Pence said, according to a recording of the call obtained by The New York Times. “The president asked me to take this call today.”
Earlier on Friday, governors’ offices had been invited via email to a “Call with President Trump.”
Mr. Pence told the governors that he was “pleased to report” that Mr. Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, were “well and just fine.”
Mr. Pence then talked about trying to slow the spread, as he often has in the past. Until there’s a vaccine, Mr. Pence said, “we will do as we have done from the very beginning, and that is we will focus on the most vulnerable as we work to slow the spread and develop the medicines and ultimately the vaccine that all of us anticipate and look to see in the days ahead.”
Earlier on Friday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York had said that the call with the president was to discuss health-care issues. “The president is supposed to be on that 12:15 call which would be good news because it would mean he’s working, the symptoms are mild,” Mr. Cuomo had said.