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NBC reporter trips over facts when using Joe Biden's COVID-19 infection to slam Donald Trump: 'Let's remember'

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NBC News correspondent Yamiche Alcindor tried to use news of President Joe Biden's COVID-19 infection to slam former President Donald Trump.

But her attempt fell flat after Biden did exactly what she criticized Trump for doing.

What did Alcindor say?

Reacting to news of Biden's infection on MSNBC, Alcindor drew a distinction between Biden and Trump, bringing attention to Trump not wearing a mask after he became infected.

"[T]hink about the fact that we now have two U.S. presidents in a row that have had tested positive for COVID, and I think what we’re gonna see here is likely a different sort of approach to it," Alcindor said.

"Let’s remember his predecessor took off his mask even though it was sort of in the period where he could’ve possibly infected other people," she added. "He didn’t want to talk about getting vaccinated at the White House."

On the other hand, Alcindor afforded Biden the benefit of the doubt, claiming he would be different.

"President Biden, I suspect, just in talking to White House officials, is gonna remind people, 'Yes, I could get it, which means you can get it, which means we all have to be vigilant about this,'" she said.

What did Biden do?

Just hours after the White House announced the infection — and that Biden is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms — the White House posted a photo of Biden working.

People quickly noticed the fact that Biden is maskless in the photo, meaning he potentially exposed the photographer to COVID. The White House confirmed the photo was snapped on Thursday.

Being maskless while COVID-positive also violates guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Regardless of vaccination status, the CDC advises individuals who test positive for COVID to isolate from everyone in their home for five days, wearing a well-fitting mask when around others. Even when symptoms subside, guidelines recommend taking precautions for 10 days.

"Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask," the guidelines state.

Still, the White House defended the maskless photo.

"He took off his mask so that the American people could see him and see directly, you know, see the work that he's doing and that he's sitting at his desk continuing to do his work," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday at the daily press briefing.

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