White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre waffled when answering a question on why the Biden administration is mandating that vaccinated Americans wear masks while allowing infected illegal aliens to be released into Texas border towns.
“You talked about this administration having a priority of protecting the American people,” Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked Jean-Pierre Thursday during a White House press briefing. “Can you help us understand why is it that the federal government is asking vaccinated Americans to wear masks to stop the spread of COVID-19 but at the same time, federal agents are also releasing COVID-19 border crossers into small towns in Texas?”
“Well, let’s step back for a second,” she replied before being interrupted by a fire alarm, causing Doocy to crack a joke that it was triggered by his question.
Jean-Pierre then gave a confusing nonsequitur answer that involved giving Doocy a “30,000-foot view” of the situation. She bloviated about putting illegal immigrants into alternative programs rather than sticking them in detention. None of that addressed Doocy’s question.
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“CBP provides migrants with PPE from the moment they are taken into custody and migrants are required to keep masks on at all times including when they are being transferred or in the process of being released,” Jean-Pierre stated. “If anyone exhibits signs of illness in CBP custody, they are referred to local health systems for appropriate testing, diagnosis, isolation, and treatment.”
That does not seem to be the case as numerous illegal immigrants infected with COVID-19 have reportedly been found in Texas hotels and at food establishments according to Governor Greg Abbott. It is why he enlisted the help of National Guard troops to arrest them at the border and it is why he signed an executive order limiting the transportation of illegal immigrants in the state.
TX Gov. Greg Abbott signs executive order restricting transportation of illegal immigrants https://t.co/Zf2txsF5BK pic.twitter.com/xybWnUoqR6
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 30, 2021
The deputy press secretary appeared to be reading from a script when answering Doocy. She claimed that the Border Patrol takes protecting migrants from the virus “very seriously” and then heaped praise on local organizations that are housing illegal aliens.
Coronavirus cases among illegal immigrants have exploded by almost 900 percent in some areas of the country. Fox News previously reported that infected illegal immigrants were being released to local charities and then put up in Texas hotels without notifying local law enforcement.
Even worse, it is also being reported that two DHS whistleblowers are asserting in a complaint that extremely dangerous conditions exist at the border for migrant children and that they were ordered to downplay the seriousness of a COVID-19 outbreak among those housed at Fort Bliss.
Jean-Pierre did not address those issues and seemed intent on giving Doocy non-answers to provide cover for the Biden administration on the subject.
Doocy also cornered Jean-Pierre on future lockdowns.
“If you’re listening to the scientists, if scientists come to you at some point down the line and say, ‘It is our opinion that there should be shutdowns and there should be school closures,’ you would do that?” he asked.
She did not rule out the possibility and again did not directly answer Doocy’s question. “We listen to the CDC and the expert[s] and their guidance,” she noted. “The CDC is a body that is very well respected and, again, we follow their guidance.”
Following her comments, Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw said that Americans should no longer comply if the CDC calls for more mandates and lockdowns. “I think Americans are really sick of this. They’re over it. They’re not gonna comply, and you shouldn’t comply with any more lockdowns, with any more mandates, none of it,” he declared.
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Conservatives on Twitter were not impressed with Jean-Pierre’s penchant for not answering Doocy’s questions:
Yeah, she had that script prepared so as to not be caught off guard. They knew the question would come up.
— David Abildgaard (@DavidAbildgaard) July 29, 2021
She said nothing
— 🇺🇸HM Murdock🇺🇸 (@uhglee1) July 29, 2021
Not gonna do it. Nope just not going do it. Neyt neyt.
— Mike Gravley (@mikegravley61) July 29, 2021
— Carrie Lowery (@dgcarrie79) July 29, 2021
CBP agents may take it seriously but obviously the Biden administration doesn’t.
— SASNC (@sasncsheri) July 29, 2021
No they don’t. If that were true they’d be testing and administering vaccines but they aren’t.
— TheManTheGuyTheDude (@TheManTheGuyTh1) July 29, 2021
Yet, we see illegals without masks everywhere…..wonder what the correlation is to illegal release locations (and illegals who crossed freely) to Covid outbreaks…..is it our citizens causing the spread or uninvited guests
— DaddiOBwon (@RickOBrien14) July 29, 2021
She just admitted Covid vaccines are NOT effective at preventing contracting or spreading the disease? No wonder so many Americans don’t trust the politicized science.
— Gayle (@GayleWyndham) July 29, 2021
Does anyone actually believe whoever is behind that podium? It’s a constant clown show.
— Vince Cz (@VinceCz) July 29, 2021
Jeez. She’s worse than circle back girl.
— Mets fan 67 (@67Mets) July 29, 2021
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