Joe Biden told reporters Tuesday evening in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware where he is on vacation this week that he is considering a COVID vaccine mandate for domestic travel but is waiting on a recommendation from his medical team of advisors. Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is Biden’s chief medical advisor, said this past weekend he is in favor of a vaccine mandate for air travel if only to coerce more people to get vaccinated. Earlier this month Biden told reporters his team had told him that was not needed.
Biden currently has a mask mandate for domestic plane, bus, rail and boat travelers as well as airports, bus and train stations.
Pool report via CBS reporter Gabrielle Ake “Tonight @POTUS and @FLOTUS took new first pup Commander out for a beach stroll – President Biden told press gathered he has not spoken to @Sen_JoeManchin this week & will make a decision on requiring vaccines for domestic travel “when I get a recommendation from the medical team”
Tonight @POTUS and @FLOTUS took new first pup Commander out for a beach stroll – President Biden told press gathered he has not spoken to @Sen_JoeManchin this week & will make a decision on requiring vaccines for domestic travel “when I get a recommendation from the medical team” pic.twitter.com/xo9C6QzYHH
— Gabrielle (Gaby) Ake (@gabrielle_ake) December 28, 2021
Biden spoke to reporters before he and Dr. Jill took their new German shepherd puppy Commander for a walk on the beach.
The Associated Press, sounding more like a North Korea paper, headlined their report, “Biden’s new German shepherd draws attention from pup-arazzi”
President Joe Biden’s new puppy, Commander, has gotten his moment under the flashing lights of the Washington press corps. Biden and first lady Jill Biden took the German shepherd on a walk in Delaware. https://t.co/YzgCSqGocY
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 28, 2021
Retired CBS News reporter Mark Knoller wryly observed, “Taking press pool out for a walk.”
Taking press pool out for a walk.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 29, 2021
Fauci spoke on Sunday in favor of a vaccine travel mandate:
Fauci on a vaccine mandate for domestic air travel: "Anything to get more people vaccinated would be welcome" pic.twitter.com/f1t8DPiyY6
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) December 26, 2021
Biden has a federal mask mandate for domestic travel that has sparked attacks on air passengers from COVID obsessed fellow travelers for not wearing a mask while eating and drinking.
Last month the Biden administration instituted a vaccine mandate for international travelers to the U.S., but not for illegal aliens swarming the southern border.
A vaccine mandate for all legal border crossers will go in effect on January 22nd.