A White House reporter challenged press secretary Jen Psaki regarding the refusal to report COVID-19 numbers, asking whether the administration is trying to “hide something.”
“This administration has long claimed that you’re trying to be the most transparent in history. If that’s the case why don’t you just release the number of breakthrough cases that you have with vaccinated staffers?” Psaki was asked.
“Why not just provide the number?” she was then asked. “Are you trying to hide something?”
Psaki replied, “Why do you need to have that information?”
“Transparency,” the reporter answered.
A reporter asked Psaki why she won’t release the names of WH officials that got Covid despite being vaccinated:
“Why do you need to have that information?”
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) July 23, 2021
The humorous moment during the daily press remarks highlighted a more serious issue. Despite the Biden administration’s claims of transparency, the trend has increased toward less transparency rather than more.
At least six of the 58 Texas Democrats who traveled to Washington, D.C., from the Lone Star state tested positive, despite reportedly all being vaccinated. In addition, at least two Capitol staffers reportedly tested positive.
The White House then stopped reporting numbers, claiming privacy, though the curious change has led many to recognized there may be more to the shift than privacy matters.
Psaki and the Biden administration will certainly continue to be pressed for more information regarding what is really happening with COVID-19 among its staff. The nation has a right to know, especially as its leaders provide advice regarding the virus to the public.