Southwest CEO Blames Joe Biden For Airline’s Vaccine Mandate

Southwest CEO Blames Joe Biden For Airline’s Vaccine Mandate


Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly blamed President Joe Biden for the airline’s decision to go the route of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for its staff, arguing the new rules for federal contractors put them in a bind. 

The federal contractor rule dates back to September 9, but Kelly’s answer was given in the context of a new Texas order from Governor Gregg Abbott (R-TX) that bans COVID-19 vaccine mandates by employers in the state. Southwest Airlines is both a federal contractor and based in Dallas, Texas. 

​​“I’ve never been in favor of corporations imposing that kind of a mandate,” Kelly told CNBC on Tuesday morning. “I’m not in favor of that, never have been. But the executive order from President Biden mandates that all federal employees and

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