White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki seems to have made a habit of going into a rage at Fox News reporter Peter Doocy. This past Monday, she did it once again when Doocy brought forth questions about the Biden administration’s choices in regard to the masking policies.
Doocy questioned Psaki on the topic in the wake of U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle for the Middle District of Florida issuing a ruling on Monday that the previously instated travel mask mandate was entirely unlawful due to it exceeding “the CDC’s statutory authority, improperly invoked the good cause exception to notice and comment rulemaking, and failed to adequately explain its decisions.” This ruling caused all of the major airlines to take steps and revoke their policies regarding mask mandates.
“You said about this mask ruling out of a federal court in Florida that it’s a ‘disappointing decision,’ and you say you continue to recommend that people wear masks,” stated Doocy. “Why is it that we can sit here in the White House briefing room with no masks, but people can’t sit in an airplane cabin with no masks?”
“Well, Peter, I’m not a doctor,” snarked Psaki. “You’re not a doctor — that I’m aware of. If you’re a doctor, I wasn’t aware of that today — until today.”
“Can confirm,” replied Doocy.
“Okay, not a doctor,” Psaki stated. “Just making sure. I don’t know.”
‘Well, Peter, I’m not a doctor, you’re not a doctor … This is based on health considerations and data that the CDC looks at’ — Press secretary Jen Psaki replied to Fox News’ reporter Peter Doocy’s questions regarding the court ruling on mask mandates for public transportation pic.twitter.com/qXT5SLt6kK
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“But these determinations — remember the masking guidance is — there are — is green, yellow, and red,” continued the secretary. “We are currently in a green zone in Washington, D.C., so they’re not recommending it.”
“Some people can still wear a mask if they want to — many people do — or wear them in meetings or wear them at certain times where you’re going to be around or sitting close to people, or maybe you have an immunocompromised parent or — or friend,” she continued. “And so people make that decision. And there’s — this is based on health considerations and data that the CDC looks at about transmissibility as — as we’ve seen an increase in cases on — on airplanes.”
“Would the president support if a flight is leaving from an airport in a green zone, those people don’t have to wear masks?” Doocy continued to ask.
“Again, Peter, there’s a — there’s been long a difference from the beginning about people on an airplane and in federal transportation vehicles and situations than where they are in locations, like we here — here continue to be, in Washington, D.C., a green zone,” answered Psaki. “But what we had asked for — I think it’s important to remember — is a two-week extension — or not asked for — what we had announced was a two-week extension to look at the data and make recommendations based on the data and the science about whether it should be continued or not.”
The administration of Old Uncle Joe has, in fact, put out a statement that revealed that officials will be thinking on “potential next steps,” while also actually admitting that the CDC’s previous masking order would no longer be in effect.
“The agencies are reviewing the decision and assessing potential next steps,” stated one official within the administration. “In the meantime, today’s court decision means CDC’s public transportation masking order is not in effect at this time. Therefore, TSA will not enforce its Security Directives and Emergency Amendment requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs at this time. CDC recommends that people continue to wear masks in indoor public transportation settings.”