Joe Biden’s Decision to Wear a Mask During Virtual Climate Change Summit Was Meant to “Send a Message,” Says Jen Psaki
The White House has addressed President Joe Biden’s puzzling decision to wear a mask during a virtual meeting with other heads of state, calling it a decision to “send a message to the world.”
Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday why Biden appeared to be the only world leader wearing a mask for a climate change summit held on Zoom.
“Because he is sending a message to the world that he is putting in place precautions and continuing to do that as leader of the United States,” Psaki responded. “And I don’t know what set-ups they all had in their countries. That may warrant some more reporting or not. But obviously he had a pool there for portions, there were additional staff there, additional personnel, and that’s the sort of model that we try to keep ourselves to here.”
Doocy followed up by claiming that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says fully vaccinated people can gather indoors without wearing a mask or staying six feet apart.
“That’s actually for in your private home,” Psaki replied. “So it’s not workplace guidance. And we still wear masks around here, just like you are all wearing masks. And we wear masks in our offices and continue to abide by that until that guidance changes.”
A screencap of Ruptly TV’s stream of the virtual climate change summit went viral last Thursday because Biden was the only world leader on camera wearing a mask. According to Breitbart, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and climate change envoy John Kerry were also wearing masks.
Biden sure was sending a message with his decision to cover his face for a virtual event, but it wasn’t the message Psaki thinks he was sending.