Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday said that she would not impose any mask mandate or vaccine requirements if she is elected governor of Arkansas in 2022.
The Republican gubernatorial candidate made the promise during an interview on “Fox & Friends” in response to a Washington Post report saying that top White House aides and officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discussed potentially updating mask guidance amid new surges of the highly transmissible delta COVID-19 variant.
Top administration officials have since said there are no plans to update the CDC’s masking guidance, though President Biden said this week that the CDC would likely soon issue guidance encouraging children to wear facial coverings upon returning to school this fall.
However, Sanders pushed back on the potential for increased restrictions Friday, saying, “If I’m elected governor here in Arkansas, we will not have mask mandates.”
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