Psaki pushes back DeSantis, suggests politicians shouldn’t decide on masking requirements for children
White House press secretary Jen Psaki pushed back Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ recent decision on the use of face masks in schools, arguing that public health officials were more apt to take the guy decisions than politicians.
Fox News’s Peter Doocy had asked Psaki about DeSantis considering a plan to halt funding for school districts that do not allow parents to remove their children from wearing masks.
“I will say myself as a parent of two young children that I want public health officials to make decisions about how to protect my children, not politicians,” Psaki said.
“And Governor DeSantis not only does not respect public health decisions, but he raises money because of it.”
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She added that the administration’s view was that parents “should have the ability and knowledge that their children are in school and that they are in safe environments.”
Doocy added that DeSantis was concerned about the psychological impact of wearing the mask on kindergarten children. He asked Psaki if this was something that came out of discussions between officials and the White House.
“No, there isn’t,” Psaki replied. “And I’ll tell you from personal experience, my rising kindergarten child told me two days ago that she can wear a mask all day and that she is just happy to go to camp and go to school. ‘school.”
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His comments added to an ongoing feud between the White House and DeSantis, which grabbed the headlines by telling the president to do his job. “Why don’t you secure that border? And until you do that, I don’t want to hear any noise about COVID from you, thank you,” DeSantis said.
Biden reportedly hit DeSantis earlier this week, asking “Governor who?” in response to one of his comments.