Psaki: Biden kiss with COVID-positive Pelosi is not ‘close contact’ per CDC guidance

With a wave of COVID-19 cases sweeping over the nation’s capital in recent days, concerns about the health of President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, were raised in hindsight once members of the press recalled that he had given House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) – who had since tested positive for the virus – a kiss on the cheek at a White House event earlier in the week, as the Daily Wire reports.

Given the obvious proximity the 79-year-old commander in chief had with someone known to be infected with the dreaded coronavirus, it stood to reason that reporters would wonder whether he would immediately be heeding guidance from his own Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and observing the protocols required of a “close contact.”

Fox News’ Peter Doocy was quick to grill White House press secretary Jen Psaki directly on the matter, asking on Thursday, “How can you guys say that President Biden was not a close contact with speaker Pelosi when there’s video of the speaker kissing him?”

Despite the footage referenced by Doocy and Pelosi’s admitted diagnosis, Psaki denied that Biden should be classified as a “close contact” of a positive case per CDC rules, saying, “Their definition of it is 15 minutes of contact within a set period of time, within six feet,” adding that the encounter the president had with the speaker “did not meet that bar.”

Psaki’s mental contortions drew the ire of many in the Twitterverse who suggested that her implication that Biden was not at particular risk of COVID-19 simply because he did not meet the 15-minute threshold of nearness to Pelosi.

John Cooper of the Heritage Foundation took to social media to critically opine, “So basically Jen Psaki’s argument in this briefing is that if a person with COVID sneezed directly on Joe Biden, he wouldn’t be a “close contact” because the sneeze lasted less than 15 minutes.”

Going beyond noting Psaki’s spurious logic about the risk to Biden’s health and underscoring the gross COVID-19 hypocrisy it represents, Republican spokesman Matt Whitlock wrote, “Two highly vulnerable geriatrics can kiss each other on the face and it’s not a “close contact,” but they’re still putting masks on children outside in New York?”

Unfortunately, the Biden-Pelosi kiss episode was not the only outrageous instance this week of the left’s “do as I say, not as I do” approach to pandemic-related mitigation practices, as Vice President Kamala Harris appeared to violate CDC recommendations by presiding over the Senate maskless after it was publicly known that her communications director, Jamal Simmons, had tested positive for the virus on Wednesday and had been in close contact with his boss around the same time.

Though certainly infuriating, the Democrats’ COVID-19 double standards are not particularly surprising, given their apparent willingness to demonstrate to the American public at every turn that the rules – in this and any number of other realms – really are just for the little people.