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Biden jokes with reporter who asked him why he wears a mask 'so often'

Joe Biden snapped at a reporter on Friday when the fully vaccinated president was asked why he continues to wear a mask 'so often' before he then put his mask on outdoors to fly to Camp David for the weekend again.

Biden, who received the first dose of the Pfizer shot on live television in December, had walked out to the podium with his mask on but removed it to give a briefing on the April jobs report in the East Room of the White House.

'You walked out to the podium with your mask on. Why do you choose to wear a mask so often when you're vaccinated and you're around other people who are vaccinated,' the reporter asked.

Biden replied: 'Because I'm worried about you.'

Joe Biden joked with a reporter on Friday when the fully vaccinated president was asked why he continues to wear a mask 'so often'

Biden later put his mask on outdoors to fly to Camp David for the weekend again

President Joe Biden waves as he walks toward the Marine One for a departure from the Ellipse, south of the White House

The president made his first trip to Camp David in mid-February and visited the retreat again in mid-March. He then spent the Easter holiday at Camp David in mid-April with  Jill Biden

The president then paused for a moment for effect before telling the press that it was a joke.

'No, that's a joke. It's a joke. Why am I wearing the mask? Because, when we're inside, it's still good policy to wear the mask. That's why,' Biden said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines note that masks should be worn any time a person is in a public setting. 

'In indoor public spaces, the vaccination status of other people or whether they are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 is likely unknown,' the CDC said.

'Therefore, fully vaccinated people should continue to wear a mask that fits snugly against the sides of your face and doesn’t have gaps, cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands often, and follow any applicable workplace or school guidance.'

The guidelines note that fully vaccinated people 'can gather or conduct activities outdoors without wearing a mask except in certain crowded settings and venues.'

Biden was then pictured wearing his mask again as he waved to the press while preparing to board the Marine One helicopter for Camp David, the country residence of the president about 60 miles north of the White House. 

The president made his first trip to Camp David in mid-February and visited the retreat again in mid-March. He then spent the Easter holiday at Camp David in mid-April with First Lady Jill Biden.

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