On Wednesday, a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki why the Biden Administration was not “scolding” unvaccinated Americans more.
The exchange took place during the White House’s daily press briefing.
Jen Psaki, reporter, asks Jen Psaki, why Biden hasn’t followed Macron’s example today at the press conference. She says, “Why haven’t you focused more on telling the unvaccinated, ‘Hey that isn’t working for the society, these shutdowns keep coming back.’ pic.twitter.com/E8DIkklcec
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) January 5, 2022
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Reporter: ‘Why hasn’t the president focused more on scolding the unvaccinated?
Politico White House correspondent Daniel Lippman said to Psaki, “French President Emmanuel Macron said this week that he plans to hassle the unvaccinated to try to get them to get the shot. Since there are millions of Americans who have not been persuaded by the various government campaigns to get vaccinated, why hasn’t the president focused more on scolding the unvaccinated to try to tell them, ‘hey, this is not working for society, you know we keep getting these shutdowns?’”
Psaki replied, “I would say that if you look to just a little over a year ago, last December, only about a third of the American people were willing to get a shot. Today, over 85% of American adults have at least one shot.”
“And more than 70% are fully vaccinated,” she continued. “So our objective has been to continue to convey to the American people the fact that getting vaccinated will help protect them from hospitalization, from death.”
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“It will protect their loved ones,” Psaki said. “It will help protect their neighbors and their community. We’ve had a great deal of success in that.”
Macron speaks in interview with Bloomberg on Tuesday. It has been suggested that those who are not vaccinated should get them. are “no longer” citizens in France. “The unvaccinated, I really want to piss them off,” Macron told Le Parisien according to the Wall Street Journal. “And so, we’re going to continue doing so until the end. That’s the strategy.”
France’s President Emmanuel Macron set off a wave of criticism from his political opposition Wednesday by using a vulgar term to lash out at unvaccinated people, framing their refusal to inoculate as a betrayal of French citizenship https://t.co/Tb618czjwk
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) January 5, 2022
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France’s Macron Causes Controversy With Comments About The Unvaccinated
“The unvaccinated, I really want to annoy them,” Macron said. “They undermine the solidity of a nation. My freedom can be threatened by the freedom of others. I’m irresponsible. An irresponsible person is no longer a citizen.”
Macron is trying to encourage French legislation, which requires that all persons be fully immunized before being allowed into restaurants, gyms or other locations.
Biden declared in September that getting immunized in the U.S. was no longer about Individual freedoms It is “not a personal choice” the president claimed.