The White House is defending President Joe Biden after he was criticized for wearing a mask during his virtual climate summit, at odds with foreign dignitaries in attendance.
Biden was “sending a message to the world” about COVID-19 precautions by donning a face covering during the online event, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
“I don’t know what setups they all had in their countries, that may warrant some more reporting or not. But obviously, he had a [media] pool there for portions, there were additional staff there, additional personnel, and that’s the sort of model that we try to keep ourselves to here,” Psaki told reporters Monday.
Biden came under scrutiny last week after a photo of the summit’s livestream captured Biden wearing a black mask while Russian President Vladimir Putin was speaking. Other leaders in the frame, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Turkish President