It was revealed on Thursday that President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19, and that news naturally begged questions about where he could have contracted the virus and whom he may have infected, but based on responses from the White House, it appears that secrecy — or perhaps even cover-up — is the name of the game, as Fox News reported.
Biden, who has recently embarked on significant foreign travel to the Middle East, received his positive test result on Thursday morning, and was reportedly experiencing only mild symptoms such as a dry cough, runny nose, and fatigue.
Given the president’s advanced age and his membership in what would widely be considered a particularly at-risk group for serious coronavirus complications, journalists were unsurprisingly very interested in learning all they could about Biden’s case and the circumstances surrounding it.
But, when White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha was asked if there was any information he could provide about when and how Biden acquired the illness, administration press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s unwillingness to allow a direct answer caught many off guard.
“Where exactly was the president infected?” the pair was asked during a Thursday afternoon briefing, to which Jha initially replied, “I don’t think we know.”
That is when Jean-Pierre took things to another level of vagueness and added suspicion by interjecting, “Look, I don’t think that matters, right? I think what matters is we prepared for this moment,” as the New York Post explained.
CNN’s Jeff Zeleny was unimpressed with Jean-Pierre’s response, saying, “You said it doesn’t matter where he got it. But how can it not matter where he got it? That is something that, of course, is involved in contact tracing, this administration has taken it very seriously – how could it not matter?”
As Matt Margolis of PJ Media aptly observed, “I guess contact tracing is only important for us little people, right? We’re the only ones who have to follow the rules?” noting the double standard that applied when former President Donald Trump contracted COVID-19 and he was accused of taking a lax attitude about contact tracing and exposure of others.
While the swiftness with which Jean-Pierre dismissed questions about the wheres, whys and hows of Biden’s infection could simply be yet another instance of the “do as I say, not as I do” approach embodied by Democrats throughout the pandemic, Margolis – and surely millions of others – have been left wondering “what it is they really don’t want us to know.”