Even as President Joe Biden faces declining poll numbers and the Democratic Party reels from recent electoral defeats, his administration’s top spokesperson is nowhere to be seen.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced that she tested positive for COVID-19 late last month and has not held a press briefing since.
“Out of an abundance of transparency”
On Oct. 31, Fox News cited a statement confirming that she was in close contact with someone with the virus.
“On Wednesday, in coordination with senior leadership at the White House and the medical team, I made the decision not to travel on the foreign trip with the President due to a family emergency, which was members of my household testing positive for COVID-19,” she wrote.
After quarantining for several days thereafter and consistently testing positive, Psaki wrote that she tested positive on Sunday.
“While I have not had close contact in person with the President or senior members of the White House staff since Wednesday — and tested negative for four days after that last contact — I am disclosing today’s positive test out of an abundance of transparency,” she continued.
She credited her vaccination with the fact that she was only experiencing “mild symptoms” and vowed that she would “continue working from home” during her convalescence.
“At the conclusion of the ten-day quarantine”
“I will plan to return to work in person at the conclusion of the ten-day quarantine following a negative rapid test, which is an additional White House requirement, beyond [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidance, taken out of an abundance of caution,” Psaki concluded.
Her most recent press conference was held on Oct. 27 and included her confirmation that Biden and Pope Francis discussed their differences on the topic of abortion.
Psaki is not the first high-ranking Biden administration figure to announce a recent COVID-19 test result despite having been fully vaccinated.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas revealed on Oct. 19 that he also contracted the virus prior as revealed in a test prior to an international trip.
Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom also attracted some unwanted attention recently for dropping out of public view for more than a week after he received his COVID-19 booster shot.