(PresidentialHill.com)- On Thursday, the press secretary for the White House, Karine Jean-Pierre, stepped in and cut off COVID-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha when he was about to respond to a question from a reporter about whether or not all schools were required to be open this fall.
A reporter raised his hand and asked the physician, “Do you believe all schools will and must be open this coming fall?”
Jha mumbled a few words, as many in the Biden administration have done. Jean-Pierre cut him off before he could form cogent words. She told the reporters that he needed to leave. This is another characteristic of this administration. People are routinely cut off and carted away.
Jha mumbled an apology before hustling out of the room without responding.
Fox News editor Cameron Cawthorne highlighted a clip from Jha from late last year, before the Democrat President appointed him, that showed Jha advocating for keeping schools open.
During an interview in December on MSNBC, he stated that he heard from school districts that there are already questions about going remote. He said that he believed it would be irresponsible to do that at that point in time.
Jha went on to say that we had all the tools to keep schools open and safe, including vaccinations, testing, improvements in ventilation, and tens of billions of dollars that have been allocated to schools. He said if he heard of a single school district that goes remote but keeps bars open, that would tell him that they don’t care about kids and they don’t care about COVID. He explained that bars spread COVID. Schools generally don’t, especially if you put in mitigation efforts. He was worried that city leaders would give up on kids and not do the right thing.
No wonder he was brushed aside.
Maybe the White House can keep a person dressed in an Easter bunny suit on staff so they could be escorted away when the public is about to hear something they want to stay hidden?
Optically, it’s more palatable than a hook or a trap door.