published : 2023-09-06

White House Press Secretary Grows Frustrated with Reporter's Questions on Biden's COVID Testing

Karine Jean-Pierre bristles at inquiries about testing procedures

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre during a press briefing, taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre appeared to grow frustrated during a press briefing when questioned about President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 testing regimen.

CBS News correspondent Christina Ruffini pressed Jean-Pierre on the 'cadence' of Biden's COVID testing, following First Lady Jill Biden's recent contraction of the virus.

Jean-Pierre mentioned that Biden had tested negative on Monday evening and Tuesday morning, but Ruffini continued to ask for more details.

CBS News correspondent Christina Ruffini asking questions during the press briefing, taken with Nikon D850

Ruffini suggested that Jean-Pierre was withholding information about Biden's routine, stating that sharing the testing schedule was a basic question.

Jean-Pierre clarified that the CDC does not recommend daily testing after close contact and reiterated that Biden had already taken the required tests.

Despite Jean-Pierre's explanations, Ruffini persistently sought more information, leading to further frustration.

President Joe Biden at a previous White House event, taken with Sony Alpha a7 III

Finally, Jean-Pierre explained that the decision on testing frequency is made by the physician in consultation with the individual.

The White House did not provide an immediate response to requests for comment.