President Joe Biden on Thursday evening got into a heated exchange with a reporter who tried to trip him up with a gotcha question over comments Biden made in May regarding masks.
Following a press briefing at the White House, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy chose to take one more stab at the commander in chief.
It was ugly.
“Mr. President, you said if you were fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask,” Doocy shouted at the president.
“No, I didn’t say that,” Biden replied.
“You did!” Doocy exclaimed.
“I said if you’re fully vaccinated in an area where you do not have, well let me clarify,” Biden attempted to say, however, Doocy interrupted him.
“In May, you made it sound like the vaccine was the ticket to losing the mask forever!” Doocy yelled.
Biden, of course, never said anything of the sort. He said that vaccinated people do not have to wear facial coverings because the data showed that those who received the inoculation were unlikely to spread COVID-19. And he was operating under the reasonable presumption that Americans would choose to get vaccinated.
But then the Delta variant appeared.
“That was true at the time!” he said to Doocy. “Because I thought there were people who were going to UNDERSTAND that getting vaccinated made a gigantic difference! And what happened was, the new variant came along, they didn’t get vaccinated, it was spread more rapidly, and more people were getting sick. That’s the difference!”
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