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Psaki won’t criticize Texas Democrats after virus spreads to the White House and Pelosi’s office

All Patriot NewsJuly 20, 20214min
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The White House declined to criticize the group of Texas Democrats who flew to Washington to thwart a voting rights bill and is now suspected of having spread the novel coronavirus on Capitol Hill and to administration aides.

The White House is not deeming the rogue lawmakers’ visit a super-spreader event, according to press secretary Jen Psaki.

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“Our message continues to be thanks for standing up for voting rights and the rights of Americans to have their voices heard at the voting booth, and we appreciate their efforts in that regard,” she said Tuesday.

The outbreak has not altered plans for President Joe Biden to meet the coterie since no gathering is on his agenda, Psaki added.

She confirmed Tuesday a fully-vaccinated White House official has tested positive for COVID-19 off-campus and is remaining off-site until they take a PCR test. The person, who is exhibiting mild symptoms, has not been in close contact with Biden, White House principals, or staff, the executive medical unit found.

But Psaki was less forthcoming regarding other breakthrough cases, only saying her team would have disclosed if a commissioned officer had tested positive. The development will not deride vaccination efforts, she repeated.

“If you are vaccinated, you are protected. If you get a case of COVID, it will be mild,” Psaki said.

A White House aide and communications staffer to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tested positive for the virus after attending the same rooftop reception at a Washington, D.C., hotel last week. The Pelosi flak had earlier guided the Texas Democrats around the Capitol Building. Vice President Kamala Harris had also met the delegation but has since returned a negative test.

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At least six of the lawmakers have tested positive since leaving Austin to avoid a 30-day special session convened by Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to consider the voting rights laws.

Author : Naomi Lim

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