Top White House Official Sounds Off On Vaccine Passports for Interstate Travel
Washington D.C. – A top White House official is sounding off about the possibility the Biden Administration may soon require Americans to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to travel domestically.
In an interview last week on the left-leaning “Pod Save America” podcast, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain discussed the possibility of imposing vaccine mandates on interstate travelers.
“It’s something we continue to look at,” Klain acknowledged. “We want to kind of weigh the number of people that these requirements could vaccinate versus the burden on the vaccinated, having to show proof every time you go on to an airplane, having to wait on longer lines at TSA [Transportation Security Administration], but I think it’s something we’ll look at as we continue to progress.”
Klain did not address who would be tasked with enforcing such a requirement or even how it would be implemented along America’s interstate highway system.
However, he did reveal President Biden’s recently announced vaccine mandates imposed on private businesses — with 100 employees or more — and federal contractors are viewed by many within the administration as being the most effective in persuading Americans to take the jab.
“We think the most efficient vaccine requirements are ones that where people are kind of in a permanent situation, on the job, in the military, where they verify once, and then they’re verified in that scenario,” the chief of staff said.
The Biden Administration’s vaccine mandates have sparked intense outrage among millions of Americans including many within the trucking community.
Klain said White House officials anticipated the pushback, but stand firmly behind the decision to issue the vaccine requirements.
“The political backlash is something we expected, but the President is doing the right thing. It’s time to put this pandemic behind us. It’s time to get the rest of the country vaccinated and enable everyone to go back to kind of more normal way of life and the only way to do that is to really put on these kinds of requirements.”
Two dozen Republican state attorneys general are threatening to challenge the mandates in federal court.
Trucking’s top lobbyist, the American Trucking Associations, has also hinted it may file a lawsuit in the matter.
Klain indicated the White House remains “very confident” the mandates will survive any and all legal challenges.