Liz Cheney Skips House GOP Retreat Over Coronavirus Fears

House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., May 8, 2019. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, skipped a retreat for House GOP leaders over the weekend due to fears over the rapidly spreading coronavirus.

Cheney was notably absent from the festivities, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) acknowledged that she had opted to not attend due to concerns over the virus in an announcement to attendees, Politico reported.

Jeremy Adler, a spokesman for the Wyoming congresswoman, confirmed to The Post that Cheney decided against attending the St. Michaels, Maryland, summit over those fears.

“Many of us have people in our families who are particularly vulnerable and, after consulting with physicians, Liz determined the best approach is to limit participation in non-essential gatherings,” he said in a statement.

Many Capitol Hill politicians have gone to great lengths to protect themselves from the virus, from wearing a gas mask to self-quarantining.

On Wednesday, fellow Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) began wearing a gas mask to protect himself from the virus.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Emily Jacobs