While Joe Biden’s administration has pledged to employ a more aggressive coordinated approach against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) or COVID-19 virus, a trip to his home state of Delaware was announced for this weekend, despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention not to travel.
President Biden, who said his administration is waging a “war” against the virus, scheduled his first flight on Air Force One on Friday, Feb. 5, to his home state of Wilmington, Delaware. He is expected to spend the entire weekend with First Lady Jill Biden, according to Newsmax.
Meanwhile, CDC guidelines for Super Bowl weekend directed Americans traveling on public transportation to refrain from doing so because of the increased risk of infection from the CCP virus.
The CDC urged citizens not to make unnecessary movements following reports that the most contagious variant of COVID-19 from Brazil, South Africa and the United Kingdom, was spreading in the United States.
Regarding the president’s planned trip, White House communications director Jen Psaki said, “He is from Delaware and has a home there and is going to spend the weekend with his wife and family there.”
However, when reporters questioned Biden’s trip amid CDC warnings, Psaki downplayed any comment, noting that Air Force One is a private plane, according to the Washington Examiner.
For this week, the CDC recommended avoiding non-essential travel, while the National Institute of Health asked citizens not to travel at this time. For its part, the White House did not offer details on the nature of Biden’s trip.
While the White House announced Biden’s travel plans Thursday night, it did not immediately respond to questions about the reasons.
The CDC has recommended that those who must travel complete their vaccination schedule if they are eligible for vaccines and then wait two weeks to receive the second dose before departing.
Biden received both doses of the virus vaccine, the second dose he received three weeks ago.
This week, the CDC also announced that everyone arriving and traveling through the U.S. should wear masks at all transportation hubs.
“Any airport, bus terminal, marina, seaport or other port, subway station, terminal, train station, U.S. port of entry, or any other location that provides transportation,” the CDC said in a statement.