President Biden has “bigger issues” to worry about than following his own rule about wearing a face mask on federal property, according to White House press secretary Jennifer Psaki.
The new president ditched his face mask for a period of time while addressing the public Wednesday from the Lincoln Memorial, on federal land, and as he stood at the foot of the statue of the nation’s 16th president, C-SPAN footage shows. He put his mask on after the address. Hours earlier, he had signed a mandate requiring masks on federal property, as well as on interstate public travel.
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 21, 2021
The older Biden grandchildren and Biden’s daughter Ashley were also spotted without masks.
The older Biden grandkids, plus Ashley Biden in a chic tux, take pictures at the Lincoln Memorial. pic.twitter.com/P0C57DooyX
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) January 21, 2021
Fox News’ Peter Doocy questioned the press secretary about the Biden family’s maskless moments during a Thursday briefing. Psaki said that the president had been “celebrating” a “historic day in our country.” She said he’d been surrounded by family.
She said that the mask mandate had “sent a message” to the public about the importance of mask-wearing.
“We take a number of Covid precautions here, as you know,” Psaki continued. “I don’t know that I have more for you on it than that.”
Doocy pointed to a phrase Biden coined in his Inaugural address about leading “not merely by the example of our power but by the power of our example.”
“Was that a good example for people watching?” Doocy asked.
“I think we have bigger issues to worry about at this moment in time,” Psaki said.
“Wearing masks isn’t a partisan issue — it’s a patriotic act that can save countless lives,” Biden tweeted on Wednesday evening. “That’s why I signed an executive order today issuing a mask mandate on federal property. It’s time to mask up, America.” – READ MORE
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