Just hours after signing an executive order that mandates the use of masks on federal property, newly inaugurated President Joe Biden chose to make a statement by doing just the opposite.
Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States just before noon on Jan. 20 and has taken the helm of a troubled and deeply divided nation.
During his inaugural address, Biden warned that America’s “darkest and most deadly” CCP Virus pandemic days are in front of the nation. Biden spoke about the spread of the CCP Virus and how it has increased. He called for a moment of silence in remembrance of the more than 400,000 Americans who have died from the virus. He made no mention of the mandatory mask order he had recently put in place.
He moved quickly to dismantle former President Trump’s legacy not long after he was sworn in.
He signed 15 executive orders, one being a mandate to wear masks on all federal property and in buildings.
One of his priorities is an executive order to the “100-day masking challenge,’” requiring Americans to wear a mask and social distance in all federal buildings, on federal land, and by federal employees and contractors, and on aircraft, trains, and transit systems traveling between states.
The mask order, Biden said in the Oval Office, is “requiring, as I said all along, where I have authority, mandating masks indoors and social distancing be kept on federal property and interstate commerce, etcetera.”
He said, “Some of the executive actions I’m going to be signing today are going to help change the course of the COVID [CCP Virus] crisis.”
“Wearing masks isn’t a partisan issue—it’s a patriotic act that can save countless lives,” Biden tweeted on Wednesday evening. “That’s why I signed an executive order today issuing a mask mandate on federal property. It’s time to mask up, America.”
However, Biden did just the opposite of his mask mandate, when he visited the Lincoln Memorial hours later, as a C-SPAN video clip shows, reported the New York Post.
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 21, 2021
Standing near the nation’s 16th president’s huge statue, Biden can be seen without a mask, despite making masks mandatory on federal property. Biden’s family members were also there without masks.
The older Biden grandkids, plus Ashley Biden in a chic tux, take pictures at the Lincoln Memorial. pic.twitter.com/P0C57DooyX
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) January 21, 2021
Fox News’s Peter Doocy questioned White House press secretary Jennifer Psaki about the Biden family’s decision to go without masks during a Thursday briefing.
“We take a number of Covid precautions here, as you know,” Psaki said. “I don’t know that I have more for you on it than that.”
“Was that a good example for people watching?” Doocy asked.
“I think we have bigger issues to worry about at this moment in time,” Psaki said.