President Joe Biden appeared to not adhere to the federal mask mandate that he signed on Wednesday when he visited the Lincoln Memorial.
“The most pressing of his priorities are measures to combat the deadly coronavirus pandemic,” The Washington Post reported. “Biden signed executive actions to require masks on all federal grounds and asked agencies to extend moratoriums on evictions and on federal student loan payments.”
The Wall Street Journal noted that the order lasts 100 days and “applies on federal property and on airlines, trains and transit systems traveling between states.”
Despite his order, Biden was seen late on Wednesday night visiting the Lincoln Memorial and not wearing a mask while he stood only several feet away from another person.
“Wearing masks isn’t a partisan issue — it’s a patriotic act that can save countless lives,” Biden tweeted on Wednesday evening. “That’s why I signed an executive order today issuing a mask mandate on federal property. It’s time to mask up, America.”
Photos that were available through Getty Images showed Biden addressing the media, all of whom appeared to be wearing masks, while Biden continued to not wear a mask.
Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Epstein tweeted out photos from the event that showed other members of the Biden family not wearing masks.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was also criticized for acknowledging during her first press conference that Biden had signed the executive order–remarks that she made while she was not wearing a mask as she stood in the White House.
“To combat the deadly virus, the president launched his 100-day masking challenge, asking Americans to do their part and mask up for 100 days,” she said. “He’s doing his part as well, issuing a mask mandate that will require anyone visiting a federal building or federal land, or using certain modes of public transportation to wear a mask.”
This article has been updated to include additional information.
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