Charlotte, NC — President for only a day and Biden snaps at a reporter who asking about the administration’s vaccination plans.
“Mr. President, you said you set the goal at 100 million vaccines in the [first 100 days]. Is that high enough?” a reporter asked Biden. “Shouldn’t you set the bar higher? That’s basically where the U.S. is right now.”
“When I announced it, you all said, ‘It’s not possible,’” Biden responded. “Come on, give me a break, man. It’s a good start.”
President Biden replies "give me a break, man" to a reporter asking about vaccine rollout pic.twitter.com/o3SGC1UxBk
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 21, 2021
Biden’s comment came while in the White House — which is still federal property even though Trump is at Mar-a-Lago — while not wearing a mask. This is important because he has now violated an Executive Order he signed on Wednesday that requires people to wear masks while on federal property. The 46th president did apprea to have a mask on at certain times while in the room, but not while talking. The room was filled with a multitude of individuals, most of whom appeared to be complying with the EO.
Biden decided to up the ante by repeatedly coughing into his hand throughout the duration of the press conference. This goes directly against CDC recommendations and is something Biden has been warned about in the past, including from the anti-Trump network, and is something that Biden has been warned about in the CNN.
Biden is again violating his mask mandate by not wearing a mask while in the White House, which is federal property, in a room with other people.
He also was coughing in his hand, which goes against CDC recommendations. pic.twitter.com/eeDFLEqLHo
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 22, 2021
This event comes on the heels of the kerfuffle last night at the Lincoln Memorial. Biden ignored his own executive order while standing on federal property as he did not wear a mask for portions of the visit.
Jen Psaki, the new White House Press Secretary, was asked about this obvious hypocrisy from the president during a press conference yesterday. She responded to it by calling the reporter the wrong name on multiple occasions and while downplaying Biden’s behavior.
Here is the interaction that Psaki had with Fox News reporter Peter Doocy:
DOOCY: “Why weren’t President Biden and all members of the Biden family masked at all times on federal lands last night if he signed an Executive Order that mandates masks on federal lands at all times?”
PSAKI: “At the inaugural–“
DOOCY: “At the Lincoln Memorial, yes.”
PSAKI: “I, I think Steve, he was celebrating an evening uh, uh, of a historic day in our country, and certainly he signed the mask mandate because it’s a way to send a message [to] the American public about the importance of, uh, wearing masks, how it can save tens of thousands of lives. We take a number of COVID precautions as you know here in terms of testing, social distancing, mask wearing ourselves as we do every single day, but I don’t know that I have more for you on it than that.”
DOOCY: “But [as] Joe Biden often talks about, it is not just important the example of power, but the power of our example. Was that a good example for people who were watching [that] might not being paying attention normally?”
PSAKI: “Well Steve, I think the power of his example is also the message he sends by signing 25 Executive Orders, including almost half of them related to COVID, uh, the requirements that we’re all under every single day here to ensure we’re sending that message to the public. Yesterday was a historic moment in our history, he was inaugurated as President of the United States. He was surrounded by his family. We take a number of precautions, but I think we have bigger issues to worry [about].”
We all know that if this were Donald Trump and Jim Acosta, Acosta would already be on camera at CNN decrying the verbal abuse he’d just taken.
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