‘Where’s your mask Jen?’ Psaki says WH stands by recommendation that students wear masks in schools

White House press secretary Jen Psaki claims the Biden administration only makes recommendations when it comes to discussing the end of school mask mandates.

At Monday’s White House press briefing, Psaki was confronted with the news that Governors Ned Lamont (D-CT) and Phil Murphy (D-NJ) were joining other states in ending their school mask mandates.

In a video clip of the exchange, a reporter can be heard asking, “Back on the mask mandate question in New Jersey and other states: The CDC is still recommending universal masking in schools…”

Before the question was finished, Psaki cut in, “That’s correct. And that still remains our recommendation.”

When asked about her opinion on Murphy’s decision, Psaki pivoted to the CDC.

“Again our advice to every school district is to abide by public health guidelines. It continues to be, at this point, that the CDC is advising that masks can delay, reduce transmission.  There are also a number of other mitigation measures that we’ve put in place, but that continues to be CDC guidance,” she said.

“It’s always been up to local school districts to determine how they implement,” she added.

Later, Psaki reiterated, “Well, it’s always been up to school districts. That’s always been our point of view and always been our policy from here.”

However, just last August while giving an address related to COVID-19 boosters shots, President Biden outlined his direction for the secretary of education to take action against governors who were trying to do away with school mask mandates.

“If you aren’t going to fight COVID-19 at least get out of the way,” Biden said before explaining that he would use federal funds to pay educators for implementing forced masking policies in violation of state laws where their salaries would be removed for their actions.

After a National Governor’s Association meeting at the White House on January 31, some governors seemed unclear as to who has the ultimate authority in their state.

After the meeting in regards to urges to “move away from the pandemic,” Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) told CNN, “There’s a number of areas that we have full agreement on, and that is one.” He pointed out that the governors asked Biden “to help give us clear guidelines on how we can return to a greater state of normality.”

At the meeting, Biden remarked that “It’s all about making sure we have the same standards we’re applying across the board.”

This is, again, in contrast to the statement by Psaki that it was up to the local level to make their own decisions.

Despite Psaki’s softer tone on student mask mandates, plenty of people blasted the White House for recommending that kids mask-up at all:

And perhaps the best response of all:

Many on Twitter sounded off on the administration’s stance, including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).


Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!

Success! Thank you for donating. Please share BPR content to help combat the lies.
Kevin Haggerty


We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.

PLEASE JOIN OUR NEW COMMENT SYSTEM! We love hearing from our readers and invite you to join us for feedback and great conversation. If you've commented with us before, we'll need you to re-input your email address for this. The public will not see it and we do not share it.

Latest Articles