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The White House press briefing returned on Tuesday following a week-long hiatus and, with plenty to talk about, Fox News’s Kristin Fisher burst out of the gate and asked Press Secretary Jen Psaki whether teachers unions hold sway over CDC recommendations for school reopenings as well as what the White House thinks Americans should be allowed to do once vaccinated.
In the first briefing since Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress, Fisher cut right to the chase as the fifth reporter called on, asking whether the CDC or the teachers unions are in charge of health policy for schools:
I just wanted to give you a chance to respond to the accusations that the American Federation of Teachers, the country’s largest — second largest teacher’s union influenced the CDC guidelines on reopening schools. You had Republican Senator Tom Cotton saying that this is evidence of “a politicized public health agency...answering at the beck and call of the teacher’s union.” So how does the White House respond?