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PSAKI Defends Kamala Harris’ Maskless Embrace With Judge Jackson: ‘Emotional Moment’

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On Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended Vice President Kamala Harris for hugging Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson without a face mask after coming in close contact with people who had tested positive. for COVID-19 this week.

Asked by Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy about the hug, which took place earlier Friday at the White House during a ceremony honoring Jackson’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, Psaki seemed to acknowledge the error, saying Harris had an “emotional moment.” “

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily White House press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC on April 8, 2022.
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PSAki also noted that Harris was on the outside.


“Does the CDC say people in close contact can cuddle outside?” Doocy pressed.

“We know, Peter, that on the outside you can benefit significantly from being on the outside,” Psaki said.

PSAKI Defends Kamala Harris’ Maskless Embrace With Judge Jackson: ‘Emotional Moment’

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and Vice President Kamala Harris hug after the conclusion of an event on the South Lawn of the White House April 08, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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Doocy then reminded Psaki that Harris dropped the use of a face mask while presiding over the Senate confirmation for Jackson on Thursday.

“She was instrumental in confirming or overseeing the confirmation of the first black woman to the Supreme Court,” Psaki said. She claimed that Harris was “socially distant for the vast, vast majority of her time overseeing this confirmation yesterday.”

Pushed further and asked about how the instance “isn’t a rules case for you, but not for VP” by Doocy, Psaki said Harris “was socially distanced for 99.9% of the event. today, and she had a touching moment, which is understandable.”

PSAKI Defends Kamala Harris’ Maskless Embrace With Judge Jackson: ‘Emotional Moment’

Reporters interview White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki during the daily press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on April 07, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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Earlier this week, Harris communications director Jamal Simmons tested positive for COVID-19 a day after attending a White House ceremony where he was in close contact with Harris and the former president. barack obama without a mask. Simmons isolates himself at home.


The CDC website states that vaccinated people who are exposed to a COVID-positive person should wear a mask for 10 days when around other people.

PSAki also said on Friday that there was a “possibility” that President Biden would test positive for COVID-19.

“Even with the president’s double boost, he could still test positive for Covid,” Psaki told reporters.

Fox News’ Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this article.

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