Sumary of Psaki Refuses to Confirm Whether WH Would Have Independently Disclosed New COVID-19 Case Among Staff:
- White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki dodged a question on Wednesday about whether the Biden administration would have publicly announced the recent surge in COVID-19 instance of a vaccinated staffer if it had not been reported in the press.
- Psaki did not explicitly comment when asked if the White House would have announced the matter independently of Axios’ revelation during a press conference on Wednesday.
- She stated that the White House will continue to reveal cases involving individuals who had direct contact with key officials.
- “Because of our commitment to transparency, what we’re going to be providing moving forward are updates on any White House official who tests positive for COVID-19 that the White House medical unit deems as having close contact with the president, vice president, first lady, or second gentleman,” she said.
- “That will be up to the White House medical unit based on the criteria of the CDC.
- ” A fully vaccinated White House official has tested positive for COVID-19, Jen Psaki confirmed at a press briefing on Tuesday.
- Psaki did not reveal the identity of the official, saying only that it was not a ‘commissioned officer.