Joe Biden won’t eat part of WH correspondents’ dinner to limit coronavirus risk

President Joe Biden will skip the meal portion of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner to reduce the risk of contracting the Chinese coronavirus, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Wednesday.

PSAKI addressed the president’s plans to attend the event in light of his chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, skipping as Fauci cited his own “individual assessment” of his “personal risk.” Biden, however, is attending the event, with a few exceptions.

While the White House Correspondents’ Association requires same-day testing to attend the event, Biden will skip the dinner portion of the event and “may wear a mask” when not speaking, Psaki said. .

“He has made the decision that he wants to attend, safely, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner to show his support – to show his support for the free press, for the work of all of you, for the work of your colleagues around the world not only to share accurate information about COVID, but also to report on the war in Ukraine and all the work that goes on every day, ”she said before hitting former President Trump, which, she says, “challenged the legitimacy of the press.”

Guests attend the 2019 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

“So he felt it was important and did a risk assessment to do so in consultation with his doctors and health care team,” she continued, adding that the “additional precautions and steps “include masking and skipping dinner:

I would expect him to wear a mask when not speaking. I’ll be wearing a mask when I’m at dinner, in all likelihood. And we have also taken measures, including that he not attend the meal portion of the dinner and that he will be there for the program, which includes a number of speakers, the presentation of scholarships, as you know, and, of course, his speaking and roasting, where he’ll be “on the menu,” as he likes to say, when Trevor Noah speaks.

“Like everything, it’s a risk assessment and a decision he made on a personal basis,” she added.

The additional precautions come days after Vice President Kamala Harris’ office announced that Harris had contracted the virus.

“She has not been in close contact with the President or the First Lady due to their respective recent travel schedules. She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her doctors. The vice president will return to the White House when she tests negative,” Kirsten Allen, press secretary for Vice President Kirsten Allen, said in a statement.


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