‘Meet The Press’ Panel Criticizes Biden Admin Over Mask Mandate: ‘Politically, It’s Just A Disaster’

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A “Meet the Press” panel criticized the Biden administration on Sunday for its messaging regarding the carry mask mandate, saying they put themselves “in a box” and “constantly” put things in the Center for Control. and the Disease Prevention (CDC) “back”.

NBC White House correspondent Carol Lee said the administration “politically and practically” put itself in a “box” by saying they were going to “follow the science” and support the CDC’s recommendation.

Travelers pull their luggage as they walk across a pedestrian bridge between the terminals at Logan International Airport, in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, the day before Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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“They constantly put things in the CDC’s lap,” Lee said.

Guest host Kristen Welker asked New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker about how the mask mandate decision and messages from the administration weigh into the midterm elections.

“COVID is not done with us. I think we’re done with mandates and the Biden administration is happy that mandates are gone because they know politically it’s a disaster,” Baker said.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the debt ceiling during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House on Monday, October 4, in Washington.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the debt ceiling during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House on Monday, October 4, in Washington.
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“This has an impact on the people in power,” he continued. “That doesn’t help in an election if the public is upset about how things are going in the country. You’ve got a lot of good things you can talk about, though.”

A federal judge in Florida threw out the Biden administration’s carry mask mandate on April 18.

The Justice Department announced it would appeal the judges’ decision after the CDC said it was “necessary.”

A JetBlue plane lands at Long Beach Airport in Long Beach, California, U.S., on January 24, 2017.

A JetBlue plane lands at Long Beach Airport in Long Beach, California, U.S., on January 24, 2017.
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“The CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in all indoor public transportation settings,” the CDC statement said. “CDC’s number one priority is protecting our nation’s public health. As we said before, wearing masks is most beneficial in crowded or poorly ventilated places, such as transportation corridors.”

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Following the judge’s decision, several airlines announced that they would stop requiring masks.

The mandate, which was recently scheduled to end on April 18 after being extended, was extended again until May 3, before the judges’ ruling.

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