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After the news of Dr. Anthony Fauci and Health Secretary Xavier Becerra both testing positive for COVID-19, NBC’s Peter Alexander asked White House Press Secretary Jean-Pierre about any updates regarding Biden’s latest tests.
“It’s a regular cadence. That’s what we do. We will share, per CDC, when he was a close contact, and he has not been a close contact. If he was a close contact, we will let you know,” Jean-Pierre replied.
However, Alexander persisted in trying to get an exact date of when the President last tested. Jean-Pierre however maintained that Biden continued being tested weekly.
“So as soon as you go back there and find out the date, you’ll share it with us?” Alexander asked.
“I’m not saying that,” she said.
“What we normally do is he gets tested weekly and that’s been his cadence as in coordination with his doctor. There have been times when he’s tested more than that because we’ve traveled. When we travel, we all have to take tests as we’re traveling or other things or when he went to the White House Correspondents Dinner, so sometimes it’s not once a week. But I’m saying to you right now it’s a weekly testing cadence. That’s what we do as it’s coordinated with his doctor,” Jean-Pierre added.
Wall Street Journal’s Catherine Lucey and NPR’s Asma Khalid also continued with this line of questioning, also noting that former press secretary Jen Psaki would often provide the exact dates.
“We have said before he tests weekly, and again, as we’ve said many times, if we were to be a close contact as defined by the CDC, we would update his testing cadence accordingly and share that. We would share what that would look like and be transparent about that. He has not had a close contact. Because he has not had a close contact, we have not changed that cadence, and it’s something that happens with his doctor,” Jean-Pierre maintained.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre pauses during her remarks on the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. May 26, 2022.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre pauses during her remarks on the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. May 26, 2022. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
“Has he ever tested positive?” Viser asked.
“No, not that I know of. We would share that. I think that is something we would share because that would change his testing cadence clearly if he had a close contact and so we would share that with you and be transparent about that. We would be transparent about that,” Jean-Pierre closed.