The image of President Biden as one of the lone world leaders wearing a mask during an online global summit illustrates that the White House policy on the issue is mere "theater," discouraging people from getting vaccinated, contends U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
Insisting it's unnecessary for fully vaccinated people to wear masks in public, Paul questioned why Biden wore a mask, unlike other leaders such as German Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The fact-checker Politifact argued that photos from the State Department show officials were in the room with Biden at various times, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.
But Paul was talking about a general policy, and those officials presumably were vaccinated as well.
TRENDING: Drudge finally 'cancels' WND
"If I want to go visit the White House, Republicans and Democrats who go visit, even though they’ve all been vaccinated or had the disease, they’re being tested with a deep sinus test," Paul said in a Fox News interview.
"And they’re being told to wear the N95 masks to go in the White House, even though they’ve all been vaccinated," he said.
"So there is no science behind any of this. It's fear-mongering."
Paul warned that it also has "a deleterious effect."