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Psaki: There's Been "Hubbub" Over Southwest Airlines, "Issues Were Completely Unrelated To Vaccine Mandates"

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that the delays and cancellations made by Southwest Airlines over the weekend were "completely unrelated to vaccine mandates."

Psaki took a shot at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) when a White House reporter asked if the mandates had anything to do with the problem.

"And one last one: What’s his answer — what’s the White House response to people who say vaccine mandates have reduced the workforce and contributed to this problem?" a reporter asked.


"Well, I know world-renowned business, travel, and health expert Senator Ted Cruz has made that point," Psaki said. "But I wouldn’t say that that is widely acknowledged or echoed by business leaders who have implemented these mandates, by health experts who have conveyed the way to get out of the pandemic is to ensure that we’re doing exactly the steps the President has announced and we are working to implement."

"So, I know there was a little hubbub over the course of the last few days about Southwest Airlines," she said. "We now know that some of those claims were absolutely false and, actually, the issues were completely unrelated to vaccine mandates."

Q And one last one: What’s his answer — what’s the White House response to people who say vaccine mandates have reduced the workforce and contributed to this problem?

MS. PSAKI: Well, I know world-renowned business, travel, and health expert Senator Ted Cruz has made that point. But I wouldn’t say that that is widely acknowledged or echoed by business leaders who have implemented these mandates, by health experts who have conveyed the way to get out of the pandemic is to ensure that we’re doing exactly the steps the President has announced and we are working to implement.

It doesn’t mean this isn’t hard and challenging — of course it is; we’re in the middle of a global pandemic. But, ultimately, the job of the President of the United States is to lead, is to follow the advice of health experts, is to ensure that he is protecting the lives of people across the country.

So, I know there was a little hubbub over the course of the last few days about Southwest Airlines. We now know that some of those claims were absolutely false and, actually, the issues were completely unrelated to vaccine mandates.

But again, what we’ve seen, business to business, across the country, is this is the way to save lives, create more certainty; it’s good for the economy; and it’s something we’re looking forward to implementing.
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