Jen Psaki: I hate heels, miss my slippers, but happy to be back to work after beating COVID-19

"First, let me say it’s great to be back with all of you, although as a longtime hater of heels, I do miss my slippers, so -- which I’m sure some of the women in this room can agree with," she said at the top of the press briefing.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki returned to the White House briefing room on Friday after beating COVID-19 and told reporters she was excited to be back but missed wearing her slippers instead of the high heels needed for work.

“First, let me say it’s great to be back with all of you, although as a longtime hater of heels, I do miss my slippers, so — which I’m sure some of the women in this room can agree with,” she said at the top of the press briefing.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing on Friday August 6, 2021, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Erin Scott) 
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing on Friday August 6, 2021, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Erin Scott)

Psaki provided an update to reporters in the room going back to when she tested positive for COVID-19 on October 31 as well as her return to the White House.

She said, “But just to reiterate, I had intended to go on the trip with the President about two weeks ago. I did not go on the trip because I had members of my household who had tested positive for COVID.  So out of an abundance of caution, I stayed home. I received four negative tests, and then, on October 31st, I received a positive test. 
 
“And I put out that information out of an abundance of transparency.  I had not seen the President or had close contact for five days, given the trip.  And when I did see him five days prior, we wore masks and we were sitting outside.
 
“As I noted in my initial statement — and was still the case even after that — I had mild symptoms, primarily fatigue.  And I remain incredibly grateful for the vaccine and the impact of the vaccine in keeping me safe and other people in my house safe as well.
 
“I also noted in my initial statement that I would be abiding by a 10-day quarantine, which, for the math, it started on November 1st, which was the day after I received a positive test.  It ended on Wednesday, November 10th.  And then, yesterday, per White House protocols, I had a negative test, and hence I am here back with all of you today.
 
“So, I just wanted to outline that at the top.”

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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