Outdoor press conferences and masked Secret Service agents: Inside the White House handling the coronavirus crisis.

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On multiple occasions, the White House has been criticized for failing to maintain social distancing guidelines and refusing to acknowledge the CDC's recommendation for wearing face masks.

But last week, after one of President Trump's West Wing valets and Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary tested positive for the coronavirus, the White House began strengthening its policies.

The two new cases prompted President Trump to enforce the use of face masks within the West Wing, and led to three members of the coronavirus task force, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, to self-quarantine.

These photos show what it looks like within the White House as they scramble to handle the pandemic.

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Over one dozen people in the White House have tested positive for the coronavirus within the last week - and many of them are thought to have come into contact with President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. The slew of new cases has prompted the White House to crack down on their coronavirus policies. From the beginning, Trump and his administration have been criticized for failing to maintain social distancing guidelines and not wearing face masks in public. But now, President Trump has ordered the use of face masks within the West Wing. Secret Service agents have been reportedly told to cover their faces when they come in contact with the president, even though Trump himself refuses to wear one. Additionally, Trump and Pence are reportedly maintaining their distance from one another in order to lower the risk of exposure. These photos reveal a look inside the White House handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
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