Due to the spread of the Delta strain, the White House has taken back a statement about the possibility of mandating new coronavirus lockdowns.

When it comes to probable future lockdowns and school closures, White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated Thursday, July 29, that the Biden administration would continue to “listen to the scientists.”

During the daily press conference at the White House, Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Jean-Pierre why Americans should “trust” what the administration says because the official position has changed so much during the coronavirus pandemic.

Doocy asked, “So if you’re listening to the science, if scientists come to you at some point down the line and say it is our opinion that there should be shutdowns and there should be school closures, you would do that. “

Jean-Pierre then responded, “Well, because we listen to the scientists, we listen to the experts,” “This is a public health situation. This is not about politics at all; this is about saving lives. And this is what the president is all about. He wants to make sure that we are saving lives. If you look at Peter, the last six months, that’s what he’s done every day, and you see that in the numbers. 

Doocy questioned Jean-Pierre on future closures, asking if the administration would back more lockdowns if the CDC advised it.

“Well, like I said, we listen to the CDC and the experts and their guidance,” she said, “The CDC is a body that is very well respected, and again, we follow their guidance.”

The White House eventually pulled back its statement on Twitter a few hours later.

A White House official pointed Fox News to a pair of tweets by Jean-Pierre on Thursday evening, claiming that the administration isn’t considering lockdowns, even though the administration maintained lockdowns were still on the table during the daily briefing earlier in the day.

“We will not be going back into lockdowns. Why? Because we now have the tools to put this virus behind us,” she added. “The science says the vaccines work – including against the Delta variant. We urge Americans to get vaccinated.”