Psaki schools Doocy on masks 'I’m not a doctor, you’re not a doctor'

Psaki schools Doocy on masks 'I’m not a doctor, you’re not a doctor'
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki once again was forced to educate Fox News’ Peter Doocy, who needed her to explain how sitting in the briefing room for 45 minutes is different from sitting on an airplane for hours, and how the briefing room is not currently in a CDC-designated red zone.

“Why is it that we can sit here in the White House briefing room with no masks, but people can’t sit in an airplane cabin with no masks?” Doocy wanted to know of one of the most powerful people in the federal government.

Well, Peter, I’m not a doctor. You’re not a doctor – that I’m aware of. If you’re a doctor, I wasn’t aware of that today, until today.”

Doocy acknowledged he is not a doctor.

“Okay, not a doctor – just making sure I don’t know.”

“Nor does he play one on TV,” she said, repeating another reporter. “There you go – most days.”

“We are currently in a green zone in Washington, D.C., so they’re not recommending it,” Psaki had to explain. “Some people can still wear a mask if they want to, many people do, or wear them in meetings, or wear them at certain times where you’re going to be around, or sitting close to people, or maybe you have an immunocompromised parent, or friend and so people make that decision and there’s this is based on health considerations and data that the CDC looks at about transmissibility as we’ve seen an increase in cases on airplanes.”

Psaki has been forced to discuss masks with Doocy several times, literally from almost President Biden’s first day in office. One year ago in May, Psaki had to correct Doocy’s suggestion mask guidance was “political.”

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