Ashley Biden tests positive for COVID-19

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Ashley Biden arrives before Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th President of the United States on the West Front of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 20, 2021. Ashley Biden has tested positive for COVID-19. File photo by Jonathan Ernst/UPI | License picture

May 18 (UPI) — President Joe Biden’s daughter, Ashley Biden, has tested positive for COVID-19, derailing her upcoming trip abroad, the first lady’s spokesperson said Wednesday.

Ashley Biden, 40, was due to accompany her mother, first lady Jill Biden, on her trip to Ecuador, Panama and Costa Rica on Wednesday.

East Wing spokesman Michael LaRosa said Ashley Biden has not had close contact with either parent.

Jill Biden spoke about her daughter on Wednesday at a White House event on youth mental health. She did not mention her diagnosis of COVID-19.

“You know, our daughter, Ashley, is a social worker,” the first lady said. “And…she used to come home every day when we were all living together and talk to each other…about the challenges, the kinds of traumas that she sees in her work.

“But she also shares the hope she feels when she is able to help. And I know there are many people here today offering the same help. And I want to thank you all here in the audience who do. So, thank you.”

Ashley Biden is the youngest of Joe Biden’s four children and the only one he shares with Jill Biden. He also has a son, Hunter Biden, 52, from his first marriage, to Beau Biden, who died in 2015, and Naomi “Amy” Biden, who died in 1972.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks about reproductive rights as she virtually meets with abortion providers in the South Auditorium on Thursday. Photo by Oliver Contreras/UPI | License picture

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