President Joe Biden signed 15 executive actions on Wednesday hours after he was sworn into office, many aimed at sweeping away former President Donald Trump's policies, including mandating masks on federal property.
- Why weren't President Biden and all members of the Biden family masked at all times on federal lands last night, if he signed an executive order that mandates masks on federal lands at all times.
JEN PSAKI: At the inaugural--
- At the Lincoln Memorial, yes.
JEN PSAKI: I think, Steve, he was celebrating an evening of a historic day in our country, and certainly he signed the mask mandate because it's a way to send a message to the American public about the importance of wearing masks, how it can save tens of thousands of lives. We take a number of COVID precautions, as you know here, in terms of testing, social distancing, mask wearing ourselves, as-- as we do every single day. But I don't know that I have more for you on it than that.
- But as Joe Biden often talks about, it is not just important the example of power but the power of our example. Was that a good example for people who are watching and might not pay attention normally?
JEN PSAKI: Well, Steve, I think the power of his example is also the message he sends by signing 25 executive orders, including almost half of them related to COVID, the requirements that we're all under every single day here to ensure we're sending that message to the public. Yesterday was a historic moment in our history. He was inaugurated as President of the United States. He was surrounded by his family. We take a number of precautions, but I don't think-- I think we have bigger issues to worry about at this moment in time.