The White House has refused to criticize the group of Texas Democrats who left their home state to travel to Washington in order to help block GOP efforts on election reform, despite the fact it is now suspected they spread the coronavirus on Capitol Hill and to administrative aides.
According to press secretary Jen Psaki, the White House is not going to deem the rogue lawmakers’ visit a super spreader event.
“Our message continues to be thanks for standing up for voting rights and the rights of Americans to have their voices heard at the voting booth, and we appreciate their efforts in that regard,” she stated on Tuesday.
The outbreak has not altered plans for President Joe Biden to meet the coterie since no gathering is on his agenda, Psaki added.
She confirmed Tuesday a fully-vaccinated White House official has tested positive for COVID-19 off-campus and is remaining off-site until they take a PCR test. The person, who is exhibiting mild symptoms, has not been in close contact with Biden, White House principals, or staff, the executive medical unit found.
But Psaki was less forthcoming regarding other breakthrough cases, only saying her team would have disclosed if a commissioned officer had tested positive. The development will not deride vaccination efforts, she repeated.
“If you are vaccinated, you are protected. If you get a case of COVID, it will be mild,” Psaki went on to say.
A White House aid and communications staffer who works for Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tested positive for COVID after being at the same rooftop reception held at a hotel last week in the nation’s capital. This individual had guided the Texas Democrats around the Capitol building.
Vice President Kamala Harris also met with the delegation but has tested negative for the virus.
A group of at least six lawmakers have tested positive after leaving Austin in order to avoid a 30-day special session called by GOP Gov. Greg Abbott in order to consider voting laws.
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