Biden Throws Press Secretary Under the Bus After School Reopening Message Goes Awry


President Joe Biden attempted to clarify his administration’s stance on reopening schools following comments made by White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

“No, that’s not true. That’s what was reported; that’s not true. There was a mistake in the communication,” Biden said during a CNN town hall on Tuesday night, according to Fox News.

“But what I — what I’m talking about is I said opening the majority of schools in K-through-eighth grade because they’re the easiest to open, the most needed to be opened, in terms of the impact on children and families having to stay home,” he continued.

Psaki said during a Feb. 9 press briefing that the goal was to get K-8 schools open at least one day a week by the end of the president’s first one hundred days.

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While many teachers unions have pushed for a continuation of fully virtual instruction, especially in major cities like Chicago, there is little evidence to corroborate that reopening with safety protocols is particularly dangerous.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines for schools last week, suggesting that in-person instruction could be done with proper considerations.

“Based on the data available, in-person learning in schools has not been associated with substantial community transmission. Although national COVID-19 case incidence rates among children and adolescents have risen over time, this trend parallels trends observed among adults,” according to the CDC website.

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“Increases in case incidence among school-aged children and school reopenings do not appear to pre-date increases in community transmission.”

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It is important to understand that local governments hold significantly more power in schools reopening, but the Biden administration needs to collaborate with teachers unions in order to get teachers back in the classroom in major cities.

On that note, it is clear that Biden and Psaki need to do a better job at clearly communicating with the media and the American people.

As press secretary, Psaki should be aware of the official position the president and the administration hold  — and even suggesting different information could be responsible for major changes.

The United States is seemingly nearing the final days of the coronavirus pandemic, and the administration needs to make sure students get back in classrooms soon.

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Cameron Arcand is a former writer for The Western Journal.
Cameron Arcand is a political commentator based in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2017 as a school project, he founded, which has grown exponentially since its founding. He has interviewed several notable conservative figures, including Dave Rubin, Peggy Grande and Madison Cawthorn.

In September 2020, Cameron joined The Western Journal as a Commentary Writer, where he has written articles on topics ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic, the "Recall Gavin Newsom" effort and the 2020 election aftermath. The "Young Not Stupid" column launched at The Western Journal in January 2021, making Cameron one of the youngest columnists for a national news outlet in the United States. He has appeared on One America News and Fox 5 DC. He has been a Young America's Foundation member since 2019.
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