WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci has decided not to attend the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday amid concerns about Covid, a senior administration official confirmed to NBC News.
Fauci, 81, President Joe Biden’s top Covid adviser and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told The New York Times on Tuesday that he decided not to go to the dinner “because of my individual assessment of my personal risk.” His decision was first reported by CNN.
Biden, 79, and first lady Jill Biden, 70, plan to attend the event at the Washington Hilton on Saturday, the first time the event has been held since 2019 because of the pandemic.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that the president will not be there for the dinner portion of the night’s festivities, and that he may wear a mask when he’s not giving remarks.
“Just like anything it’s a risk assessment and a decision he made on a personal basis,” she said.
Funny. Allowing people to make a personal decision about their COVID mitigation measures based on their personal risk assessment is exactly what many of us have been advocating for years. And isn’t this the same administration that is trying to force Americans to keep wearing masks while on public transportation?