Vice President Mike Pence defended the administration’s choice to carry a packed occasion within the White Home Rose Backyard 11 days in the past amid a worldwide pandemic, days earlier than the President, first woman, and a number of attendees examined constructive for Covid-19.
Pence framed his response by way of the lens of private freedom as he answered a query from vice presidential debate moderator Susan Web page concerning the occasion, that, Web page urged, “appears to have been an excellent spreader occasion,” and the way the administration might anticipate Individuals to comply with security tips when they didn’t comply with them themselves.
There was no social distancing within the Rose Backyard. Only a few attendees wore masks. At the least 12 people have since tested positive.
“The American folks have demonstrated over the past eight months — they have been given the information, they’re keen to place the well being of their households and their neighbors and folks they do not even know first. President Trump and I’ve nice confidence within the American folks and their skill to take that info and put it into apply,” Pence stated.
Pence additional defended the choice to carry the occasion.
“The truth is, the work of the President of america goes on. A emptiness within the Supreme Courtroom of america has stumble upon us and the president launched Choose Amy Coney Barrett,” he stated.
He dismissed questions that the occasion might have been a “tremendous spreader” as “a substantial amount of hypothesis, and famous that “many,” although not all, folks on the occasion “truly had been examined for coronavirus.”
He additionally highlighted that the occasion was outdoors, “Which all of our scientists often routinely advise.” Nonetheless, earlier than company headed to the Rose Backyard, some attended gatherings contained in the White Home reception rooms the place social distancing was not practiced — together with with hugs and handshakes.
“The distinction right here is President Trump and I belief the American folks to make selections in the perfect curiosity of their well being,” he stated, pivoting to criticize Democratic nominee Joe Biden and vice presidential candidate for “constantly” speaking about mandates.
That is how the query performed out: