The speaker’s workplace confirmed that Ms. Pelosi, who’s vaccinated and boosted, had acquired a damaging P.C.R. take a look at outcome on Thursday morning, and would proceed to check often and comply with C.D.C. tips, although it was not clear which of them. It was additionally unclear whether or not the Workplace of the Attending Doctor thought-about Ms. Pelosi, 81, to be a detailed contact of Mr. Martin.
Ms. Pelosi appeared at her weekly information convention on Thursday, saying that she was examined practically every single day. Mr. Martin remained masked till meals was served, she mentioned, and was pulled apart in the course of the appetizer course about his constructive take a look at.
“We’re very, very unhappy that on St. Patrick’s Day, the taoiseach has this prognosis,” she mentioned at her indoor information convention, the place she eliminated her masks to talk and take questions.
The scheduled lunch — the Pals of Eire Luncheon on Capitol Hill — proceeded on Thursday with out Mr. Martin. Ms. Pelosi addressed the room, the place lawmakers sat at spherical tables, whereas introducing Mr. Biden, who sat on a stool just a few ft away. Neither wore a masks, and there have been few face coverings within the room.
“America has been blessed by Irish youngsters, and a type of Irish youngsters is now the president of the USA,” Ms. Pelosi mentioned, simply earlier than they shook palms and Mr. Biden took the lectern. He didn’t keep for lunch.
In a convention going again to 1952, Irish ambassadors or political leaders current the American president with a bowl of shamrocks on or round St. Patrick’s Day, normally within the White Home. The custom is valued in Eire, and by many Irish People, as an indication of the shut ties between the 2 international locations.
Mr. Martin could now by no means go to the Oval Workplace in his official capability: His first scheduled go to final yr was canceled due to the pandemic and, as a part of a coalition cope with two different Irish political events, he’s anticipated handy over the prime ministership earlier than subsequent March.
On Wednesday, Claire Cronin, the U.S. ambassador to Eire, mentioned on Twitter that she canceled her plans to hitch Mr. Martin on his journey to Washington as a result of she had examined constructive for the coronavirus.
Emily Cochrane contributed reporting from Washington, and Adeel Hassan and Alyssa Lukpat from New York.