Jen Psaki is showing America once again that the Biden administration considers it optional to tell the voters what it is doing with their government.
On Friday, the White House Press Secretary was confronted over CDC figures on ‘breakthrough cases’ of COVID-19 among the vaccinated. Here was her remarkable response.
“This administration has long claimed that you’re trying to be the most transparent in history,” the reporter asked. “If that’s the case, why won’t you just release the number of breakthrough cases that you’ve had of vaccinated staffers?”
“Well, I think, first, we’re in a very different place than we were six to seven months ago as it relates to the virus,” Psaki replied. ” And as many medical experts have said — inside and outside of the government — those who are vaccinated are protected from serious illness, most are asymptomatic — if they are individuals who are vaccinated who get the virus. And, you know, we are in a different place in terms of the impact of individuals who may have, as you said, breakthrough cases.”
“But why not just provide the number?” the reporter followed up. “Are you trying to hide something?’
“No, but what is the — why do you need to have that information?” Psaki asked, incredibly.
“It’s a case of transparency, in the interest of the public, knowing — having a better understanding of how breakthrough cases work here in the White House,” the reporter responded.
“Well, first, there are — the CDC tracks — and let me give you this information, too: The CDC tracks, across the country, of course, hospitalizations and deaths, as we have seen,” Psaki continued. ” They also do a great deal of tracking in cohorts and ensure that — so, let me give you a little more information on this, which I think — I don’t know if it — hopefully, it’s of interest.”
“So, the way that — because people have asked this before — so, the way the CDC is actively tracking breakthrough cases — there are tens of thousands of people across the country, in course, who are in what we are — what they call ‘cohort studies,’ which the CDC is actively monitoring,” she said.
The White House Press Secretary never did definitively answer the question. One thing is for sure: If any Trump White House official had answered a question this way, that person would have been blasted in the press.