According to the press secretary of the administration, the harsh rhetoric of the president was “a reflection of his frustration and irritation” with the irresponsible decrees of the governors.
On Thursday, the White House responded to questions raised by remarks made on Wednesday by President Joe Biden about the repeal of the mandatory wearing of protective masks in Texas and Mississippi. According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, the president’s remarks, which many publications found too harsh, were “a reflection of his frustration and irritation” with the irresponsible actions of the authorities on the ground, “which, I think, is experienced by many Americans.”
Commenting on Biden’s words about the “Neanderthal mindset” of the authorities in Texas and Mississippi, Psaki said that residents of the country “sacrificed themselves over the past year, and often they did not have the necessary information from the federal government… there was no access to a deeper understanding… instructions from public health authorities”.
According to the president, the spokeswoman explained that people across the country, regardless of the state in which they live, should “listen to the opinion of public health experts.”
Jen Psaki recalled that President Biden, starting work, asked the Americans to strictly observe the “mask” regime for at least a hundred days. About 40 days have passed since Biden’s inauguration, meaning there are still 60 days left – “that’s what the president is asking for,” Psaki said.
According to her, the White House administration is primarily concerned with “the health, well-being and, frankly, the survival of people across the country.” President Biden “does not believe that the residents of any state…they must suffer from the decisions of their leadership, so he speaks directly to the American people.”
Recall that after Joe Biden criticized the decision of the governors of Texas and Mississippi on Wednesday to cancel the requirement to wear protective masks, answering a question from journalists, Biden called the actions of the authorities of these states “deeply erroneous” and stressed that “wearing masks matters.”