During her press briefing on Tuesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre tried to gloss over the fact that President Biden proclaimed that the pandemic was over on “60 Minutes,” ignoring yet another clean-up on aisle 46 after the fact.
(Video Credit: The White House)
“The president said, and he was very clear in his ’60 Minutes’ interview, that COVID remains a problem and we’re fighting it,” Jean-Pierre stated during the briefing. “We have to continue to make sure that we are fighting this once-in-a-generation pandemic.”
Her statement short circuits when compared to what Biden actually said during the “60 Minutes” interview. “The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lot of work on it. But the pandemic is over. If you notice, no one’s wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape,” Biden emphatically stated.
“Just think about where we were when this president walked into this administration, where again, a response to this once-in-a-generation pandemic was mismanaged by the last administration,” Jean-Pierre proclaimed, taking a shot at former President Trump. “Now we are in a place where it is a lot more manageable.”
The president’s declaration led to panic at the White House as mad efforts began to walk the statement back, ostensibly since the administration is trying to secure a new round of COVID funding from Congress.
(Video Credit: 60 Minutes)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is claiming that more than 2,500 Americans are still dying from COVID on average each week. It is not clear if that number is still including deaths claimed to be COVID-related or not which is an important distinction considering its reportedly manipulated statistics.
So-called health experts and leftists are still carping the number is too high.
“We are not where we need to be if we’re going to be able to, quote, ‘live with the virus,’ because we know we’re not going to eradicate it,” Dr. Anthony Fauci bloviated at an event on Monday.
“The pandemic isn’t over,” White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Ashish Jha said at a press briefing on Sept. 6. “And we will remain vigilant, and, of course, we continue to look for and prepare for unforeseen twists and turns.”
How many times has the White House had to walk back Joe Biden’s own statements?
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) September 19, 2022
“The pandemic is not over,” Robert Murphy of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine insisted in a statement. “There are 57,000 reported cases per day of COVID-19 and that may be underestimated by a factor of five to 10 times. There are 3,700 hospitalizations and 400 plus deaths per day. It’s the sixth most common cause of death and more than Alzheimer’s, diabetes, influenza/pneumonia, and kidney disease. If this is over, we lost. I think this was an off-the-cuff gaffe, which Biden is famous for.”
Every time they roll him out, it’s another clean-up on isle 46… Now they’re scrambling between Joe’s ‘pandemic is over’ and we still need mail-in ballots for November…
— Milenka~ (@MilenaAmit) September 20, 2022
Um, no KJP, he said it was over. THAT is what he made very clear. You don’t get to twist it and walk it back just because it would take away all the immense power you’ve given yourselves due to an “emergency”.
— Chrissy (@Chrissys067) September 20, 2022
He is not in charge. pic.twitter.com/XWzIhpjEIx
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) September 19, 2022
Biden reportedly complains that he looks weak. This is why. His own administration undercuts him every time he opens his mouth. Is he in charge or not?
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) September 19, 2022
Republicans took issue with Biden’s hypocritical policies and funding requests to Congress.
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), who is the ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, wrote in a letter on Monday that the Biden administration “continues to request un-offset emergency funding from Congress, enforce vaccine mandates, and maintain federal emergency declarations that cost taxpayers billions of dollars.”
“Without a clear plan to wind down pandemic-era policies, the deficit will continue to balloon and the effectiveness of public health measures will wane as the American people continue to be confused by mixed messages and distrust of federal officials,” he added.
Biden’s misstep will almost certainly be weaponized against COVID funding and rightly so.
Jean-Pierre went out of her way to stress that funding for COVID-19 and future pandemics is “incredibly important.”
“We have to be prepared for the next potential pandemic, ensuring that we’re leading the way when it comes to research… when it comes to development… when it comes to innovating and keeping testing readily accessible,” she asserted at her press briefing and then pivoted to blaming Republicans. “So ultimately, if we lose these things, we have to ask them, we have to ask Republicans, why didn’t they act?”
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