The news coming out of Washington, D.C., lately has been that one official after the next has tested positive for COVID-19. Since many of them had also spent time with President Joe Biden prior to their diagnosis, some are wondering if he might be next.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki suggested that Biden could come down with the virus after multiple close calls, Breitbart reported. Biden has had four doses of the Pfizer vaccine and does not typically wear a mask in public.
“Like anyone else, the President may at some point test positive for COVID,” Psaki told reporters Friday during the daily briefing. “Despite all the precautions we take and even with the president being double boosted, he could still test positive for COVID,” she said.
“[T]hat is a possibility and we want to be transparent with the American public about that,” Psaki said, suggesting she might be preparing for a positive result. Biden was recently at an indoor event with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who later tested positive for the virus.
Still, Psaki defended the decision to proceed with such events. “We risk assess just like everybody out in the country and it’s important for him to be able to continue to do his presidential duties, now and even if he tests positive for the future,” she said.
Psaki did not say whether Biden would test again but promised the administration “will provide the information to you when he tests negative… or either way of course,” she said. Psaki stood firm in defense of holding an outdoor event to announce Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court despite the recent uptick in cases.
“Outside, you can benefit significantly being outside; that’s why we had the event outside today,” she said of the event. Vice President Kamala Harris created a stir because she had been exposed to COVID-19 and hugged the nominee anyway. “She had an emotional moment, which is understandable,” Psaki explained.
Perhaps Biden will be just fine, but it seems the narrative has been set in place already. If he does get sick, Democrats will be at the ready to exploit his illness for political gain.