During his visit to Portsmouth, New Hampshire President Joe Biden slipped up when he took a question from the press. Biden’s answer revealed that he is not the one making the decisions and is being told what to do.
As the President departed for New Hampshire with his staff and reporters Press Secretary Jen Psaki held a press gaggle.
While taking questions a reporter asked if the DOJ was going to appeal the federal court ruling striking down the public transportation mask mandate.
“Well, unless something’s happened when we got on the plane, I don’t think they’ve made any announcement at this point in time,” Psaki said. “So, as we’ve said, agencies are reviewing step — next steps, including the Department of Justice. Traditionally following a court decision, that can take a couple of days.”
“We’ve said from the start that our COVID response should be guided by the science and data and by experts. And just as a reminder, when we made this announcement, the CDC said it needed 15 days to assess the impacts of an uptick in cases on hospitalizations, deaths, and hospital capacity. We feel — still feel that is entirely reasonable, based on the latest science, and public health decisions shouldn’t be made by the courts. They should be made by public health experts. So, again, I can’t — I’m not going to get ahead of the Department of Justice. We’ll let them make any decisions or announcements, but —”
The reporter interrupted asking if “they might still appeal, is what you’re saying?”
“It typically — yeah, it typically takes a couple of days to review and make an assessment,” added Psaki.
Keep in mind Psaki is with Biden.
Once on the ground, Biden was asked about masks and the President said that it is now up to Americans to decide if they want to wear a face covering.
Biden says it’s “up to” Americans whether they want to wear masks on planes.
About an hour before this, Jen Psaki said they “would advise all Americans to [wear masks on airplanes].” pic.twitter.com/NCqjZlnxGt
That caused an uproar from the lockdown lovers and an hour later when Biden was asked a second time about the mask mandate he answered differently. As Biden was leaving a second reporter asked if the administration was going to appeal the federal court’s decision and this time he said he didn’t know because he hadn’t talked to the CDC.
Biden: “I don’t know” if we will appeal the federal ruling that struck down the mask mandate on planes.
How does the President of the United States not know what he is going to do?
Joe didn’t know because whoever makes the decisions didn’t tell him what they were going to do yet. Secondly, the DOJ makes the recommendations to the President to fight a case in court, not the CDC.
It’s pretty clear what was going on, Joe doesn’t make the decision that someone is giving him marching orders. Matter of fact a day later they had Psaki go out “clarify” Joe’s comments and have the CDC issue a statement to clean up his little slip.
Jen Psaki walks back Biden’s comment that it’s “up to [individuals]” on whether they wear a mask on airplanes: