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‘Don’t Tell Them’: Joe Biden Joked About COVID Just Days Before First Lady Tested Positive

President Biden joked about not wearing a mask after he tested negative for COVID | via Fox News

President Joe Biden found time to crack a joke about COVID-19 just days before his wife Jill tested positive for the virus.

Biden entered holding a mask but not wearing it while addressing reporters. “Let me explain to the press: I’ve been tested again today. I’m clear across the board,” he explained.

“But they keep telling me, because this has to be 10 days or something, I’ve got to keep wearing it. But don’t tell them I didn’t have it on when I walked in,” he joked.

Biden says he has to keep wearing a mask, and says "But don't tell 'em I didn't have it on when I walked in."

— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) September 6, 2023

This move contradicted White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s statement earlier, saying he “is going to be masking in this 10-day period” in accordance with CDC recommendations.

“The president’s going to continue to following CDC guidance,” Jean-Pierre said. “That includes masking. That includes testing.”

Despite testing negative for COVID-19 for the second day in a row and showing no symptoms, the president chose not to wear a mask publicly.

This shift in President Biden’s mask-wearing stance is different from his previous strict adherence to CDC guidance during the early stages of the pandemic. It also reflects the evolving COVID landscape, with many Americans having retired their masks as lockdowns eased. (Trending: Why Joe Biden Must Be Impeached)

Nonetheless, COVID-19 cases are once again on the rise, with a 15.7% increase in weekly hospitalizations in the United States, according to the CDC. This has prompted a reconsideration of the necessity of continued masking.

President Biden did wear a mask when he arrived at a White House Medal of Honor ceremony honoring Vietnam War veteran Capt. Larry Taylor. He removed it while giving remarks about Taylor’s service and when awarding him the medal. He left the room during a concluding prayer to minimize contact with attendees.

Jean-Pierre defended this change, citing the evolving phase of the pandemic and the need to adapt to current circumstances. “That is not for me to speak to,” she said. “This is something that CDC decides on. They are the experts.” (Trending: Joe Biden Decides Whether to Wear A Mask Again)

“We are in a different phase, as we have said many times, with COVID,” Jean-Pierre said at a White House press briefing. “This is kind of going on the third year of coming out of this pandemic. We believe we’re in a very strong position to continue to fight COVID. And this is not new. People know what it’s like to have COVID, know what it’s like during this time.”

This situation highlights the ongoing debate surrounding mask mandates and the need for consistent messaging during this prolonged battle against COVID-19. As President Biden continues with his scheduled international travels, how his administration handles mask-wearing and adheres to CDC guidelines will remain a topic of scrutiny and discussion.

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