One of President Joe Biden's top White House advisers suggested on Sunday that he's still wearing a mask outdoors out of habit despite the latest public health guidance saying he doesn't need it.
Questioned about Biden's practice, senior adviser Anita Dunn told CNN's State of the Union that she realized that she was also still wearing her mask outdoors even after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fully vaccinated people like her and Biden can stop wearing masks outside when they're alone or not among strangers.
'I myself found that I was still wearing my mask outdoors this week, because it has become such a matter of habit,' Dunn said.
President Joe Biden is seen wearing a face mask despite being outside as he arrives to speak at an event to mark Amtrak's 50th anniversary at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia on FridayInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'I think the president takes the CDC guidelines very seriously. And he's always taken his role as sending a signal to follow the science very seriously, as well,' Biden's senior adviser Anita Dunn said to CNN on Sunday
'I think the president takes the CDC guidelines very seriously. And he's always taken his role as sending a signal to follow the science very seriously, as well.'
Biden wore a mask outdoors several times last week as he approached microphones to give speeches, including an appearance on the White House lawn last Tuesday to discuss the CDC's relaxed mask guidance.
Asked afterward about the message he was sending by wearing a mask outside as he stood alone, Biden replied: 'By watching me take it off and not put it back on until I get inside.'
On Thursday, the president spent some 30 seconds looking for his face mask during an appearance in Georgia despite the fact that he has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
President Biden spent some 30 seconds looking for his face mask during an appearance in Duluth, Georgia on Thursday despite the fact that he has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19
Biden got some help from his wife, First Lady Jill Biden, who leafed through the binder but was unable to locate the elusive face coveringInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
President Joe Biden speaks during a rally without his face mask in Georgia on Thursday
'Looking for my mask, I'm in trouble,' the president said as he searched the podium in Duluth.
Biden was in the Peach State on Thursday to mark his 100th day in office and to tout his $4trillion infrastructure proposal designed to fix the country’s crumbling highways and bridges.
After he delivered his speech, he was joined on stage by the two Democratic senators from the state - but the president was seen fumbling through his binder full of notes as he appeared to have misplaced his mask.
Biden got some help from his wife, First Lady Jill Biden, who leafed through the binder but was unable to locate the elusive face covering.
Finally, an aide walked up to the stage and handed the president the mask, much to his delight as he held it aloft.
His dogged insistence on continuing to wear a mask in obviously safe settings has sparked controversy, with critics claiming Biden's behavior is pointless, and could even undermine faith in COVID-19 vaccines.
The president - who completed his two-dose Pfizer COVID vaccine in January - says