Joe Biden’s team had announced earlier on Monday that fully vaccinated travelers would soon be permitted to fly into the United States.
- “That’s the policy for people who fly into the country,” Doocy said. “So why if somebody walks into the country right across the river, does somebody ask them to see their vaccination card?”
- “Let me explain to you again, Peter, how our process works,” Psaki replied. “As individuals come across the border, they are both assessed for whether they have any symptoms. If they have symptoms, the intention is for them to be quarantined. That is our process.”
- Challenged on whether this is inconsistent with requiring lawful international travelers to provide proof of vaccination, Psaki denied that the two situations are analogous. “They’re not intending to stay here for a lengthy period of time,” she said of the migrants. “It’s not the same thing.”
- The response was widely ridiculed on Twitter, especially by conservatives. “Bullcrap,” tweeted Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Colorado Republican,
- The Biden administration had faced pressure to revisit the travel restrictions, especially from the European Union and United Kingdom, after deciding to leave them in place in July.