African reporter presses Psaki on ‘racist’ Omicron variant travel ban



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White House press secretary Jen Psaki was forced to defend President Biden’s eight-country southern Africa travel restrictions Thursday when an African journalist suggested they were “racist” because the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has now been confirmed in 57 countries.
Simon Ateba of Today News Africa raised the point during the daily White House briefing — interrupting Psaki’s attempt to call on Brazilian journalist Raquel Krähenbühl.
“Can we let Raquel? Simon, Simon, Simon, Simon, I’m trying to answer your question and then I’m gonna go to Raquel,” Psaki said as Ateba interrupted.
“Simon, we’re evaluating every single day,” she added. “We don’t want these to be permanent measures. And, and it is something that the president is getting updates from his COVID team every single day on.”
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