Psaki brushes off video of Biden violating DC mask mandate: Don't 'overly focus on moments in time'

在她的每日新闻发布会上, Psaki was asked by Fox News’ Peter Doocy to address a video showing Biden and first lady Jill Biden walking through a high-end Georgetown restaurant without masks on Saturday, violating 华盛顿州, D.C.’s indoor mask mandate.


There is a mask requirement inside D.C. 饭店,” Doocy said, “yet President Biden and the first lady were not wearing masks while walking around a D.C. restaurant on Saturday. 为什么?”

Psaki responded by incorrectly claiming the controversy centered around a photo, not a video, and she said the Bidens were walking out of the restaurant, not through it.

“好, I think what we are referring to is a photo of them walking out of a restaurant after they had eaten, masks in hand, where they had not had put them back on yet,” 普萨基说.

So I would say, 当然, there are moments when we all don’t put masks back on as quickly as we should,” 她继续. “But I don’t think we should lose the forest through the trees here in that our objective here is to get more people vaccinated, make sure that that schools and companies around the country can put in place requirements to save more lives and keep people safer and not overly focus on moments in time that don’t reflect overarching policy.

Doocy pushed back, saying the Bidens were clearly filmed walking through the restaurant, indoors, without masks on, but Psaki refused to elaborate.

There is a carve out for people under two or people who are actively eating or drinking,” Doocy said. “So I’m just curious why the president was doing this.

I think I just addressed it, 彼得,” Psaki responded.

The president and first lady dined at Italian seafood restaurant Fiola Mare on the Potomac River after attending a service at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown, 根据 The Daily Mail.

华盛顿州, D.C.’s Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser, who has also flouted her own mask rules, reinstated an indoor mask mandate in July amid the surge of the delta variant. The Bidens also violated Fiola Mare’s mask policy, which mirrors the city’s.

Per CDC guidance and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s executive order, all individuals over age 2 are required to wear a mask indoors, 无论疫苗接种情况如何. Masks must be always worn while in our restaurants, except while eating and drinking. Thank you for understanding,” the restaurant’s 网站 说.

Hours after her indoor mask mandate went into effect in July, Bower was photographed without a mask during an indoor wedding reception.

福克斯新闻’ Jon Brown contributed to this report.