White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday defended President Biden’s recent weekend trips to Delaware despite the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that’s where he lives.
A reporter pressed Psaki at her daily press briefing on whether Biden was setting a poor example on “personal travel during the pandemic” when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people to avoid non-essential trips.
“Well, the president lives in Wilmington. It’s his home. That’s where he’s lived for many, many years,” Psaki said.
“And as you know, as any president of the United States does, he takes a private airplane called Air Force One to travel there. That is of course a unique — unique from most Americans. But I think most Americans would also see that as a unique circumstance.”
Biden has traveled to Delaware on two weekends since taking office Jan. 20.
Biden frequently encourages the public to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously by wearing a face mask and limiting social interactions. On Wednesday, he slammed the Republican governors of Texas and Mississippi for “Neanderthal thinking” after they said that mask-wearing would be voluntary rather than mandatory.
Biden said in a February interview that the White House was a “little like a gilded cage in terms of being able to walk outside and do things” and that he preferred the more secluded vice presidential residence in Washington.