During Wednesday’s briefing in the GOP War Room, Fox News’ White House correspondent Peter Doocy inquired about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for reopening schools and maintaining migrant detention facilities. He noted that although detention facilities were being opened to maximum capacity, several schools were still closed.
Psaki immediately pushed back on Doocy’s point, asking if he had a particular school to use as an example, adding that the CDC had indicated that before schools could safely reopen, several layers of mitigation efforts needed to be introduced.
“The CDC is saying, ‘Schools, you can be at—every school can be at full capacity,’ as you know,” Doocy objected.
“The CDC guidelines as to be clear, as I think this is very important to be very clear and specific on. They gave eight mitigation steps that schools can take to safely reopen,” Psaki responded, adding that some schools had already done so. She also stated that several schools were awaiting support, which she predicted would arrive after President Joe Biden signed the COVID-19 relief bill later this week.
Doocy pushed again, this time wondering if the border patrol union’s cooperation was easier to come by than teachers unions.
“I think that’s a little bit of mixing different circumstances,” Psaki said. Doocy responded by pointing out that both cases involved children living in close quarters during a pandemic.
“It’s not funny,” Doocy said, as Psaki appeared to chuckle.
“Not quite,” Psaki continued and suggested to “take a responsible approach to the two issues.”
She added that schools reopening would be dependent on how prepared individual districts were to adopt the CDC’s recommendations.
Psaki added, “This is a different situation from what we are seeing at the border,” adding that the detention facilities were still being examined to ensure they could meet the CDC’s requirements.