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This week brought us quite the revelation in terms of the COVID-19 crisis, as Dr. Anthony Fauci finally relented, admitting that the US was no longer in a “pandemic”.
This revelation by the normally reluctant epidemiologist brought with it a great deal of fanfare, particularly in conservative circles where Fauci has been considered an outright nuisance, and the news comes on the heels of a recent ruling by a Florida judge that neutered the Biden administration’s federal mask mandate.
Yet still, in spite of the reality that is this return to normalcy, the Commander in Chief is limiting his public appearances on account of COVID.
President Biden will take added precautions while at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this weekend amid concerns about exposure to COVID-19, but White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden feels the event is worth attending.
Biden may wear a mask when he is not delivering remarks at the annual event on Saturday, and he will not attend the dinner portion, Psaki said.
The president will arrive for the speaking program, during which the White House Correspondents’ Association will award scholarships and recognize journalists covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Comedian Trevor Noah is also slated to speak at the event at the Washington Hilton.
“He’s made the decision he wants to attend, in a safe way, the White House correspondents’ dinner to showcase his support for the free press, for the work of all of you, for the work of your colleagues around the world to not only share accurate information about COVID but also report on the war in Ukraine and all of the work that happens every single day,” Psaki said at a briefing.
The administration used the opportunity to take a potshot at Donald Trump as well.
“That does stand in stark contrast to his predecessor, who not only questioned the legitimacy of the press on a nearly daily basis, but also never attended the dinner, I don’t believe,” Psaki continued. “So, he felt that was important and made a risk assessment to do that in consultation with his doctors and health care team.”
Biden has been routinely dogged by the press and the mainstream media over his lax public schedule, with a great many pundits suggesting that the Commander in Chief is perhaps suffering from the unavoidable reality of his age while leading the nation.
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