Susan Rice, Jen Psaki Go Maskless During Press Briefing


Biden administration officials Susan Rice, White House domestic policy adviser, and Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, went maskless while speaking during Tuesday’s press briefing as Democrats begin to tout the practice of “double-masking.”

Both Rice and Psaki spoke from the podium Tuesday without masks, despite the fact President Joe Biden signed an executive order requiring individuals to wear masks on federal property with limited exceptions:

Prior to taking office, Biden previewed his plan for 100 days of masking, requiring masks “wherever possible.”

Upon taking office, Biden signed an executive order requiring masks on federal property with limited exceptions. Agencies are able to make “categorical or case-by-case exceptions” to the order, but the heads of agencies are required to document all exceptions in writing as well as “require appropriate alternative safeguards, such as additional physical distancing measures, additional testing, or reconfiguration of workspace, consistent with applicable law.”

It remains unclear if Psaki and Rice have been formally granted exceptions, as the White House has yet to release documentation providing those details.

Psaki also failed to wear a mask at the podium during Monday’s press briefing and other past briefings as well.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser on the coronavirus who has recently appeared to condone the practice of double masking, also spoke at a press briefing last week without a mask covering his face. However, he stated during the briefing that Americans “absolutely should … (Read more)

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