Senator Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden Tasks Harris at the Border; Today’s press conference Senate Democrats pay tribute to mass shooting victims 12:30 PM Report from The Hill – Presented by Facebook – COVID Vaccine Developments MORE (R-Texas) refused to wear a mask Wednesday during a Capitol news conference after a reporter repeatedly asked him to wear it as a courtesy to others in the room.
“Would you mind putting a mask on us?” a journalist asked Cruz as he approached a group of microphones.
“Uh yeah, when I’m speaking in front of television cameras I’m not going to wear a mask,” Cruz replied. “And we’ve all been immunized, so …”
Cruz turned and gestured to several of his Republican colleagues in the Senate, including Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), who was standing behind him wearing a mask.
“It would make us feel better,” pressed journalist Cruz.
Cruz told the reporter: “You can walk away if you want. The goal of a vaccine … the guidance from the CDC is what we are following.”
REPORTER: “Would you mind putting on a mask for us?”
CRUZ: “Yes, when I am talking to the television camera, I am not going to wear a mask. We have all been immunized.
REPORTER: “It would make us feel better.”
CRUZ: “You can walk away if you want.” pic.twitter.com/0d0rvz0OAJ
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Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently recommends that even those who have been vaccinated continue to wear masks because the vaccines are not 100 percent effective and it is unknown if the virus can still be transmitted by those who have received the vaccine. .
It is not the first time that during the pandemic, reporters have asked Cruz to wear a mask while speaking to them and he has refused.
In October, a CNN reporter asked Cruz if he would don a mask during a gang outside the Senate Judiciary Committee courtroom.
Cruz refused, saying that he was standing six feet from the others, so it was not necessary to cover his face.
Federal health officials have said that all Americans should continue to wear face covers while in public in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Some Republicans on Capitol Hill have downplayed the effectiveness of the masks, questioning the science behind them and, in some cases, getting reprimanded from their Democratic counterparts for not wearing them on the floor.
Cruz was photographed on a plane in July without a mask, a photo his office said was taken briefly when he was drinking.