According to Breitbart, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki seemingly admitted Tuesday that the White House essentially covered up the extent of COVID-19 positive cases it experienced after Texas Democrats met with Vice President Kamala Harris last week.
While confirming that a vaccinated White House staffer had tested positive for the virus, Psaki revealed there were other positive cases, but refused to disclose how many.
Six of the Democrats who met with Harris tested positive for the virus, so far, and the White House staffer who tested positive had attended a reception for the Democrats earlier in the week.
The Democrats flew from Texas to Washington, D.C. last Monday to deny the state legislature a quorum to hold a vote on key legislation, including a voting integrity bill. Photos later emerged that showed almost all of the Texas Democrats went maskless on the private, chartered flights out of the state.
Not a “super-spreader?”
Psaki would not agree that the Democrats’ trip was a “super-spreader” event, and said that the White House still supports their cause.
“We certainly understand there will be breakthrough cases,” she said. “Even vaccines that are incredibly effective are not foolproof. They’re not 100 percent effective. We’ve seen that.”
There has been a surge in positive COVID-19 cases in the U.S. in recent weeks due to the “Delta variant” of the COVID-19 virus, which is reportedly more contagious.
Outbreaks have occurred even among the vaccinated, but symptoms are usually mild or nonexistent with those who have received a COVID-19 vaccination.
The White House official who tested positive for the virus reportedly experienced only mild symptoms, which prompted Psaki to trumpet the “efficacy” of vaccines.
“This is another reminder of the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines against severe illness or hospitalizations,” Psaki said.
Reuters noted that the 50+ Texas Democrats at the center of the controversy are being tested daily as a result of the high-profile outbreak. They are theoretically being pursued by law enforcement in an effort to bring them back to Texas to compel them to be present for the votes in the special session after Republicans voted in favor of issuing arrest warrants.
Technically, however, the Texas Dems are out of the jurisdiction of the state’s law enforcement capabilities as long as they remain in D.C., which they have vowed to do until the state’s special session ends.