In-Depth Exclusive: 'You should get out of the way,' White House press secretary tells governors

Posted at 4:22 PM, Sep 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-15 20:14:54-04

In an exclusive 25News interview, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made the Biden administration's stance clear to governors that are fighting school districts with mask mandates.

“The President's view is that if you are not going to allow school leaders, superintendents, teachers, to protect kids, protect their communities, make sure parents can feel safe sending their kids to school - you should get out of the way,” said Psaki.

Jen Psaki discusses COVID-19

In May, Gov. Greg Abbott made an executive order fining any government agency for enforcing masks.

“The President has directed his department of education to ensure there's funding available and ensure they take every step necessary to take action to make sure nobody's getting docked,” said Psaki.

In the last two weeks, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been suing school districts, including four in Central Texas, for their mask mandates.

On Wednesday Paxton went to Facebook.

“My job as your Attorney General is to protect and defend the laws of this state,” said Paxton.

More than 90 schools are in violation of the executive order.

“GA-38 says Texas WILL NOT mandate anyone to wear a mask,” said Paxton.

Ken Paxton
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton at a press conference in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016. Photo credit: REUTERS/Bill Clark

An email has been set up to report local school districts.

“Everybody should be able to follow public health guidelines,” said Psaki.

There are over 90 schools in Texas with mask mandates in place.