White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki took the podium on Monday afternoon, and was pressed on President Joe Biden’s recent virtue signaling with mask-wearing. The president participated in a Zoom call with world leaders while masked, despite being fully vaccinated.
No nation can solve the climate crisis on our own — all of us have to step up. Today’s Leaders Summit on Climate is our first step to set our world on a path to a secure, prosperous, and sustainable future.— President Biden (@POTUS) April 22, 2021
Time is short, but I believe that we can and will do this. pic.twitter.com/t49hfXdkEd
Pres. Biden masks up for a video call to discuss climate change with world leaders— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) April 23, 2021
He appears to be the only one wearing a mask pic.twitter.com/TGGuM7BW0x
When pressed by Fox News’ Peter Doocy, Psaki maintained that Biden was attempting to showcase that he was “sending a message to the world that he is putting in place precautions” as leader of the free world.
Psaki also said in this claim that, for White House staffers, they "still wear masks around here...and we will wear masks in our offices and continue to abide by that until that guidance changes."— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 26, 2021
They've all been vaccinated, but they're acting like NONE of them have gotten it.
She went on to claim that there were "additional staff and personnel" present, which is why the president elected to mask-up. The president's own CDC's guidance says that mask-wearing is not entirely necessary once individuals are fully vaccinated. Psaki did not clearly indicate whether or not the president would be masked during his first address to the Joint Session of Congress, which is set for Wednesday.
1) The White House’s Jen Psaki was asked today at the briefing as to whether President Biden would wear a mask when speaking to the Joint Session of Congress Wednesday. Psaki initially said she wasn’t sure.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) April 26, 2021