A former adviser to Vice President Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign took aim at White House COVID-19 protocols and argued the Trump administration would have faced more criticism over the issue.
“If this were the Trump administration, we would be talking about how they were putting staff and the health of their potentially unvaccinated household members in jeopardy,” said Kavita Patel, one of the architects of the Harris health care plan during her presidential campaign.
Some staffers at the White House have expressed their displeasure over the administration’s COVID-19 procedures, especially the way it has chosen to handle contact tracing and who gets notified of potential exposures, according to reporting from Politico.
The clashes among White House personnel come as the Biden administration has become more heavy-handed in its approach to combating the pandemic, with President Biden last week announcing that all private employers with more than 100 employees would be forced to require vaccination or weekly testing.
But inside the White House staffers are upset about their own policies, including on-site testing policies. Only staffers who have shown symptoms are typically tested for COVID-19, while others have been directed to local testing sites even