White House defends Biden's weekend trips during pandemic

Friday, March 5

By Micheal Hennessey

The White House has defended President Biden’s weekend trips home to Delaware, despite federal guidance telling Americans not to travel amid the pandemic. 

A reporter questioned Press Secretary Jen Psaki  at her daily press briefing on whether Biden was setting a poor example on “personal travel during the pandemic”.

The president has spent two seperate weekends at his family home in Wilmington, and has been attending his local church on Sundays.

He has been travelling from Joint Base Andrews outside Washington on Saturday afternoon, along with dozens of secret service agents, staff, and journalists before returning on Monday mornings.

The president has been vaccinated but many of the people in his entourage are unlikely to be in priority groups for inoculation. 

“Well, the president lives in Wilmington. It’s his home. That’s where he’s lived for many, many years,” Psaki said.

“And as you know, as any president of the United States does, he takes a private airplane called Air Force One to travel there. That is of course a unique — unique from most Americans. But I think most Americans would also see that as a unique circumstance.”