Biden has ‘bigger issues’ to worry about than following own mask mandate: Psaki

Biden has ‘bigger issues’ to worry about than following own mask mandate: Psaki

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. 

The
older
Biden
grandchildren
and
Biden’s
daughter
Ashley
were
also
spotted
without
masks. 


BIDEN
SPOTTED
MASKLESS
ON
FEDERAL
PROPERTY 

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.

WHITE
HOUSE
PRESSED
ON
BIDEN’S
UNITY
MESSAGE
AMID
TRUMP
IMPEACHMENT
PUSH

“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.”

Biden’s
executive
order,
the
“100-day
masking
challenge,”
will
require
masks
and
social
distancing
in
all
federal
buildings,
on
all
federal
land
and
by
federal
employees
and
contractors,
and
on
airlines,
trains,
and
transit
systems
traveling
between
states. 

While
a
president
cannot
tell
state
and
local
officials
what
to
require,
Biden’s
order
will
urge
states
to
enact
their
own
mandates.
Most
states
have
already
done
so. 

During
his
inaugural
address,
the
new
commander
in
chief
warned
that
the
nation’s
“darkest
and
most
deadly”

coronavirus
pandemic
days
could
be
ahead
of
it.

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Earlier
in
the
press
conference,
Dr.
Anthony
Fauci
said
that
despite 
“a
very,
very
high
rate”
of
coronavirus
cases,
the
U.S.
may
have
reached
a
plateau.
“There
are
always
lags

but
deaths
and
hospitalizations
may
be
going
up

it’s
not
an
unusual
thing
to
see
that.”


Fox
News’
Evie
Fordham
contributed
to
this
report. 

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