Psaki defends Kamala Harris' maskless hug with Judge Jackson: 'An emotional moment'

Asked by Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy about the embrace, which took place earlier on Friday at the White House during a ceremony honoring Jackson’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, Psaki appeared to acknowledge the mistake, saying Harris had had anemotional moment.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the White House Daily Press Briefing at the White House in Washington, 直流电, 在四月 8, 2022.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the White House Daily Press Briefing at the White House in Washington, 直流电, 在四月 8, 2022. (JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Psaki also noted that Harris was outside.

HARRIS PRESIDES OVER SENATE MASKLESS AFTER CLOSE CONTACT WITH COVID POSITIVE STAFFER, DEFYING CDC GUIDELINES

Does the CDC say that people who are in close contact can give people hugs outside?” Doocy pressed.

“我们知道, 彼得, that outside you can benefit significantly being outside,” 普萨基说.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and Vice President Kamala Harris hug after the conclusion of an event on the South Lawn of the White House on April 08, 2022 在华盛顿, 直流电.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and Vice President Kamala Harris hug after the conclusion of an event on the South Lawn of the White House on April 08, 2022 在华盛顿, 直流电. (Kent Nishimura / 洛杉矶时报,通过盖蒂图片社)

Psaki was then reminded by Doocy that Harris ditched the use of a face mask while presiding over the Senate confirmation for Jackson on Thursday.

She was playing an important role in confirming or overseeing the confirmation of the first Black woman to the Supreme Court,” 普萨基说. She asserted that Harris wassocially distanced from people for the vast, vast majority of her time overseeing that confirmation yesterday.

Pressed further and questioned about how the instanceis not a case of rules for thee, but not for VPby Doocy, Psaki said Harriswas socially distanced for 99.9% of the event today, and she had an emotional moment, which is understandable.

Reporters question White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki during the daily news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on April 07, 2022 在华盛顿, 直流电.

Reporters question White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki during the daily news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on April 07, 2022 在华盛顿, 直流电. (Chip Somodevilla /盖蒂图片社)

本周早些时候, 哈里斯’ 传播总监, Jamal Simmons, tested positive for COVID-19 one a day after he attended a ceremony at the White House where he was in close contact with Harris and former President 巴拉克奥巴马 without a mask. Simmons is isolating at home.

The CDC website 状态 that vaccinated individuals who are exposed to someone who is COVID positive should wear a mask for 10 days when around others.

Psaki also said Friday there is apossibility拜登总统 could test positive for COVID-19.

Even with the president being double boosted, he could still test positive for Covid,” Psaki told reporters.

福克斯新闻’ Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this article.

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