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Joe Biden's presidency is only six months old, but the mood inside the White House can often feel like a race against time. © Susan Walsh/AP President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. "The clock is running. We all know that," a senior adviser to Biden said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "The President certainly knows that.
President Joe Biden snapped at a reporter who asked him about past assurances that those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear protective face masks.
“No, I didn’t say that,” Biden began, noting he was referring to people who were fully vaccinated outside of government-designated COVID-19 hot spots.
Biden was also pressed on his less equivocal comments about protective face coverings in May.
"That was true at the time ... What happened was the new variant came along,” he replied. “They didn't get vaccinated ... More people were getting sick."
'The glue that is holding us all together': Joe Biden rides herd on Democrats ahead of tough 2022 election cycle
Biden has been a driving force as the Democratic National Committee gears up for the 2022 elections in which control of Congress is at stake.But behind the scenes, the chief executive is playing another role: Democratic Party leader.
The questions came after Biden finished remarks announcing a new initiative to increase vaccinations among the federal workforce, mandating the shot for most government employees.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its mask-wearing guidance earlier this week to respond to the emerging delta variant and plateauing vaccination rates. Masks are now recommended for the fully vaccinated in some situations.
Congressional Republicans have pressed the CDC to justify the science behind its decision, which critics say could enhance vaccine hesitancy if people do not believe the shots will restore their pre-pandemic lives.
Tarek El Moussa & Heather Rae Young Celebrate 2-Year Anniversary in St. Barts amid Flip or Flop Drama
During the trip, news broke that El Moussa had lashed out at his ex-wife and co-star Christina Haack on set The couple first met on the Fourth of July in 2019 and celebrated their one-year anniversary on July 22 last year. El Moussa and Young have been relatively quiet on social media throughout their trip in the wake of news that broke earlier this week that El Moussa had a verbal dispute with his ex-wife and co-host Christina Haack on the set of Flip or Flop last Wednesday.
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Biden points finger at GOP governors and possible 2024 rivals for pandemic resurgence .
The White House is increasingly taking aim at Republican governors who have relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, casting what President Joe Biden once described as a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” as a pandemic of the red states. © Provided by Washington Examiner This shift in tone comes as the pandemic’s resurgence takes a toll on Biden’s job approval ratings, dropping him below 50% in some national polls. His top two targets are Govs.