Which is strange, given that a close Pence aide – his press secretary, Katie Miller – tested positive for the virus on Friday and several members of the White House coronavirus task force, such as Pence leader, quarantined themselves because of potential exposure.
The short answer is I don't know. Because based on what we know about the virus, anyone with exposure should even quarantine for 14 days to make sure they don't spread it to others. (The average person with coronavirus gives it to two other people.)
Yes, Pence is Vice President. And the head of the coronavirus working group. But as we've all learned over the last 8 weeks, telework is an incredible thing. Given the technology available to the White House, Pence could probably zoom into most if not all of the meetings he needs to attend. Sure, he had to limit travel for 14 days, but it's far from the end of the world, because not many people travel these days. In short: Money could do this.
But he is not. And while it's impossible to know why, my educated guess is that the Vice President in quarantine because of concerns about coronavirus is contrary to the message that President Donald Trump has printed over the past week: Things are getting better!
Did Trump tell Pence not to isolate himself? I really doubt it. But Pence had to be an idiot, which he is not, not to understand that quarantine itself would be a powerful message directly unlike the one the president wants to send the country right now. And Pence is well aware of two other things: 1) Trump will certainly quarantine him and his political outlook in 2020 and 2) Keeping Trump happy is absolutely essential if Pence eventually becomes the anointed Trump heir when current president leaves office.
And then we are left, with one of the two top politicians in our country doing the opposite of what they are asking us to do. Do as they say, not as they do, I guess.