This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) loosened its guidelines on mask wearing for people vaccinated against the pandemic that's killed nearly 600 thousand Americans.
The wearing of masks and face coverings, despite proven effectiveness in slowing the spread of the virus, became politicized under former President Donald Trump. As a result, swathes of his supporters have pushed back against mask recommendations and mandates.
That's likely what led Fox News reporter Peter Doocy to ask why President Joe Biden wore a mask indoors during a virtual climate summit with world leaders.
Before Doocy asked his question, White House press secretary Jen Psaki congratulated him on his recent marriage—then proceeded to poke holes in his assumptions.
YOU LOVE TO SEE IT! WATCH: Jen Psaki Sweetly Congratulates Fox News Reporter for Getting Married — Then Destroys Him https://t.co/Mar7OCTVZ2— Tommy X-TrumpIsARacist-opher (@Tommy X-TrumpIsARacist-opher) 1619529926.0
"Why was President Biden the only world leader at the Climate Summit Zoom who was wearing a mask?"
The White House press secretary curtly answered:
"Because he is sending a message to the world that he is putting in place precautions, continuing to do that as leader of the United States. ... Obviously he had a pool there for portions. There were additional staff there, additional personnel. And that's the sort of model that we try to keep ourselves to here."
The Fox reporter falsely responded...
"But I know the CDC's website and their guidance is that you can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask or staying six feet apart, so…"
...Only to be debunked by Psaki yet again.
"That's actually for — in your private home, so it's not workplace guidance, and we still wear masks around here, just like you are all wearing masks, and we wear masks in our offices and continue to abide by that until that guidance changes."
Psaki's adept takedown was praised across social media.
LOVE @PressSec Strong women are our future. https://t.co/abPEPIJOQt— Enchanted Seashells 🌊 #Resist #NeverForget1/6/21 (@Enchanted Seashells 🌊 #Resist #NeverForget1/6/21) 1619537557.0
She is the best yet. So calm and in control. https://t.co/vlWoW86KiK— William Swain (@William Swain) 1619538920.0
In prior employment, was @PressSec ever a 7th grade teacher? Because she controls a room with the very best of them. https://t.co/GU0yf282pU— Piccylady (@Piccylady) 1619533073.0
It's like watching LeBron James dunk on a 5' 7" pudgy middle aged white guy. Ok, it's like watching LeBron dunk on… https://t.co/IbPLNWrwb3— Mitchell Robinson (@Mitchell Robinson) 1619531913.0
She is a miracle after the last four years. I mean, she disagrees regularly with these reporters but always does it… https://t.co/gbWsodWUej— Marie (@Marie) 1619542552.0
Doocy may have still been beaming from his recent wedding, but his reception was...less than kind.
his question should have been "can you tell me why i have this job when i will Never do the work required"? then un… https://t.co/EimHbmfwZK— margaret i tripped and fell (@margaret i tripped and fell) 1619532906.0
She explained common sense to him..he destroyed himself with that dumbass question lol https://t.co/5EoRypa5af— Savion Willis (@Savion Willis) 1619572211.0
For a moment I thought Doofy was going to ask why Biden was the only one without a flag behind him, since that was… https://t.co/gvkXKAqVCa— John Houck (@John Houck) 1619543912.0
Doocy also asked a question about the now-debunked report that Vice President Kamala Harris' children's book was included in welcome packets for kids at the border.