White House press secretary Jen Psaki made light of the allegations Monday that President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden were in violation of city mask mandates when they were seen on video walking through a restaurant maskless.
White House correspondent for Fox, Peter Doocy questioned Psaki about the maskless outing at Monday’s press briefing.
“There is a mask requirement inside D.C. restaurants yet President Biden and the first lady were not wearing masks while walking around a D.C. restaurant on Saturday, why?” Doocy asked.
“I think what you’re referring to is a photo of them walking out of a restaurant after they had eaten, masks in hand, where they had not yet put them back on yet,” Psaki said.
“Of course, there are moments when all don’t put masks back on as quickly as we should but I don’t think we should lose the forest through the trees here, in that our objective here is to get more people vaccinated, make sure that schools and companies around the country can put in place requirements to save more lives and keep people safer and not overly focus on moments in time that don’t reflect overarching policy,” Psaki continued.
Doocy then questioned Psaki about a video that appears to show the first couple walking through the restaurant maskless while fully masked secret service agents follow.
“I think I just addressed it, Peter,” Psaki said, cutting him off.
It has been confirmed that the Bidens did dine Saturday at Fiola Mare in Washington, D.C. One video appears to show the couple walking through the restaurant without a mask and another video shows the couple leaving the restaurant, also without a mask.
According to the restaurant’s website, all customers are required to wear a mask except while eating or drinking.