White House issues clarification following confused Biden statement on Title 42 with travel mask mandate

President Joe Biden exhibited a moment of apparent confusion Thursday when he was asked a question about one thing, revoking the Title 42 public health order, but in response talked about something completely different, appealing a court ruling against mandatory masking on public transportation.

The White House was immediately sent scrambling to address the mixup and a clarification from the president was issued just hours later, Fox News reported.

Title 42 is a public health order first implemented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 that allows for the immediate expulsion of newly arrived migrants at the border, and that order is set to be revoked on May 23.

Separately, a federal court recently ruled that the mask mandate for public transportation, also imposed by the CDC, was unlawful and could no longer be enforced, a ruling that Biden’s Justice Department is appealing on behalf of the CDC’s claimed authority.

Biden confuses Title 42 repeal with travel mask mandate lawsuit

Following a speech Thursday about additional aid to Ukraine, President Biden was asked if he was considering a delay to the impending end of Title 42, given the predictions of the likelihood of a massive surge of illegal migration across the southern border once that policy is revoked.

“No,” Biden replied. “What I’m considering is continuing to hear from my — my — well, first of all, there’s going to be an appeal by the Justice Department because, as a matter of principle, we want to be able to be in a position where if, in fact, it is strongly concluded by the scientists that we need Title 42, that we be able to do that. But there has been no decision on extending Title 42.”

White House scrambles to clarify

There was an immediate uproar on social media about Biden’s apparent conflation of Title 42 revocation and appeal of the mask mandate ruling, which prompted White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre to share a “clarification” from the president with reporters during a press gaggle on board Air Force One.

According to Jean-Pierre, Biden said: “I want to clarify that in comments at the conclusion of my remarks this morning, I was referring to the CDC’s mask mandate and there is no Department of Justice action on Title 42.”

The deputy then referenced remarks made during the press briefing one day prior by her boss, press secretary Jen Psaki, who had discussed the “range of steps” being made in preparation for the end of Title 42 but had also remained entirely noncommittal on whether the end of that policy might be delayed or not.

As for the travel mask mandate struck down by a federal judge, Psaki said the DOJ “has indicated that they would appeal not just because they think it’s entirely reasonable,” but also because “for current and future public health crises, we want to preserve that authority for the CDC to have in the future.”

One final thing to note in all of this confusion and clarifications and spin caused by Biden’s misstatement: not once yet has anyone in the Biden regime provided a straightforward answer regarding the initial question — will the end of Title 42 be delayed in light of the likely consequences of that move — and the American people deserve an actual and clear response.

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