Psaki Downplays Biden, First Lady Not Wearing Masks in D.C. Restaurant

By Melanie Arter | October 18, 2021 | 6:00pm EDT
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 18, 20201. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 18, 20201. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - President Joe Biden and the first lady were caught on camera walking maskless through a D.C. restaurant on Saturday, despite the city’s indoor mask mandate.

The incident took place at the Fiola Mare restaurant in Georgetown.


When asked to explain why, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki downplayed it, saying, “there are moments when we all don’t put masks back on as quickly as we should.”

Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy asked Psaki, “There’s a mask requirement inside D.C. restaurants. Yet, President Biden and the first lady were not wearing masks while walking around a D.C. restaurant on Saturday. Why?”

PSAKI: I think what you’re referring to is a photo of them walking out of a restaurant after they had eaten, mask in hand where they had not yet put them back on yet, so I would say of course there are moments when we all don’t put masks back on as quickly as we should, but I don’t think we should lose the forest through the trees here in that our objective here is to get more people vaccinated, make sure that schools and companies around the country can put in place requirements to save more lives and keep people safer and not overly focus on moments in time that don’t reflect overarching policy.

DOOCY: It was not just exiting the restaurant though. He was walking through the restaurant with no mask on. There is a carveout for people under 2 or people who are actively eating or drinking, so I’m just curious why the president was doing this.

PSAKI: I think I just addressed it here.

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