Throughout the daily White House press briefing, Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Jean-Pierre why Americans need to "trust" what the administration tells when the official line has changed so much throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
"President Biden says that we are not returning to lockdowns, shutdowns and school closures," Doocy announced, "but he also once said that we didn't have to wear masks anymore once we were vaccinated. So why should Americans trust him now?"
"Well, because we listen to the scientists, we listen to the experts," Jean-Pierre replied. "This is a public health situation. This is not about politics at all, this is about saving lives. And this is what the president is all about. He wants to make sure that we are saving lives. If you look at Peter, the last six months, that’s what he’s done every day and you see that in the numbers."
"Now, we’re at a point where we have to double down and make it very, very clear to people that we can’t let the pandemic win. We have to continue to fight," she went on.
Doocy pushed Jean-Pierre on future closures, questioning if the administration would back new lockdowns if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested it.
"Well, like I said, we listen to the CDC and the experts and their guidance," she replied. "The CDC is a body that is very well respected, and again, we follow their guidance."
Jean-Pierre was further asked to weigh in on remarks Wednesday by American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, who explained throughout an appearance on MSNBC that they’re going to "try" to open up schools after the CDC suggested universal masking in schools.
"Is that good enough for the president? Just trying?" Doocy asked Jean-Pierre.
Jean-Pierre explained that the administration wishes to see all schools open by the fall.
"Well, we’re going to continue to work closely, as we have, with local governments, with the teachers, as we’ve done and continue to have those conversations," she answered. "I want to add, though, that nearly 90% of teachers are currently vaccinated. That’s a good sign. Now, we just have to make sure we also protect our kids in school, we protect the other administrators at school, people who are immunocompromised, and that’s why the CDC put out that guidance making sure people are wearing masks in schools."