“The most ethical administration in history” continues to show a stubborn unwillingness to play it straight with the American people.
On Monday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki explained that the White House will only reveal the names of officials who have COVID-19 if they came into contact with the “four principals.” Watch:
“Has the White House had any additional staffers test positive for COVID-19?” a reporter asked Psaki.
“I think, again, our policy, just to reiterate it, which we announced last week, is that if there is an individual who is, has close proximity to any of the four principals, as defined by the White House medical unit, and aligned with CDC guidelines on what that looks like, we will then make that information available, and immediately public to all of you,” Psaki said.
“So, that has not been the case since we announced that policy,” she added.
Last week, Jen Psaki was confronted at a press conference about Texas Democrats who had fled the state and then spread COVID to at least one unnamed White House official, as well as a staffer to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“More than ten percent of the traveling party with these Texas Democrats now claim to have a breakthrough case,” Fox News’ Peter Doocy said. “Is there any concern that this trip that was intended to advocate for voting rights is now a superspreader event in Washington?”
“Well, I would say that’s not a characterization we’re making from here,” Psaki responded. “Our message continues to be ‘thanks for standing up for voting rights’.”
“We certainly understand that there will be breakthrough cases,” she continued. “Even vaccines that are incredibly effective are not fool-proof.”
“They are not a hundred percent effective,” she added. “We have seen that. Here’s the good news, though: We know that these vaccines, that these individuals, I think, if I’m correct, have been vaccinated, it means that it protects you from death, it protects from serious illness, it protects for the most part from hospitalization, So, that is a good sign.”
“Now that COVID 19, after contact with those Democrats, has reached the White House, what is your message to these Texas Democrats?” Doocy followed up.
“Our message continues to be ‘thanks for standing up for voting rights’ and the rights of Americans to have their voices heard at the voting booth and we appreciate their efforts in that regard,” she said.
In addition, Jen Psaki confirmed that additional undisclosed cases of COVID have been found among vaccinated White House staff, making the Texas Democrats’ trip a ‘superspreader’ event.
On Friday, Psaki was asked about CDC figures on ‘breakthrough cases’ of COVID-19 among the vaccinated. Her response sent the message that the White House does not intend to be fully transparent with the American people.
“This administration has long claimed that you’re trying to be the most transparent in history,” the reporter asked. “If that’s the case, why won’t you just release the number of breakthrough cases that you’ve had of vaccinated staffers?”
“Well, I think, first, we’re in a very different place than we were six to seven months ago as it relates to the virus,” Psaki replied. ” And as many medical experts have said — inside and outside of the government — those who are vaccinated are protected from serious illness, most are asymptomatic — if they are individuals who are vaccinated who get the virus. And, you know, we are in a different place in terms of the impact of individuals who may have, as you said, breakthrough cases.”
“But why not just provide the number?” the reporter followed up. “Are you trying to hide something?’
“No, but what is the — why do you need to have that information?” Psaki asked.
Here’s a direct answer: Because we’re the American people and you work for us.