White House press secretary Jen Psaki cut off an attempt by Fox News’ Peter Ducey to link a vaccine mandate with a friend of the president struggling to get hospital care.
Earlier this week, Joe Biden said he called a Pennsylvania hospital to ask why the wife of a good friend was having trouble getting admitted to care.
They were told that the hospital was overcrowded with patients suffering from Covid-19.
Mr Ducey, the White House correspondent for Fox News and Ms. Psaki’s regular sparring partner at the press briefing, began by asking whether the president was trying to enlist his friend on others awaiting treatment.
“Certainly not his intention,” replied Ms. Saki. “He wasn’t trying to do that. He was checking out a friend.”
Turning the tack, Mr. Doosy switched to the subject of the vaccine mandate.
“Do you know if this particular hospital was short of staff because they have a vaccine mandate and maybe some people have had to leave because they don’t want to be vaccinated?” He asked.
The press secretary retorted: “I would like you to account for me where the issue is, which is more than the number of unaffiliated people filling emergency rooms and filling ICU beds. That’s the problem in hospitals across the country.”
Ms. Saki moved quickly to the next reporter’s question.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Jen Psaki