WASHINGTON — President Biden took a snow day Thursday as varying forecasts call for DC to receive between 1 and 4 inches of snow — but VP Harris will be carrying on with scheduled in-person events.
Biden postponed a trip to Michigan where he was scheduled to tour a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing facility and the White House declared an 8 a.m. “lid” for reporters — meaning no in-person events are expected.
The president’s trip to Portage, Michigan, was preemptively canceled Wednesday evening before any precipitation fell in Washington.
The early White House “lid” means that a 12:30 p.m. news briefing with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki will be conducted by phone.
Although the destination in Michigan was a frigid 16 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday morning, it wasn’t snowing there.
Vice President Kamala Harris, who attended high school in Montreal, Canada, pressed forward despite the weather. She did not cancel a scheduled 11:15 a.m. event in the White House-adjacent Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
A supplemental pool reporter remained booked for the event featuring a webcast conversation between Harris, female members of Congress and women’s groups in favor of the proposed $1.9 trillion pandemic stimulus plan.
Biden, in February, postponed a planned foreign policy speech at the State Department — a few blocks west of the White House — after DC received just 2 inches of snow.
Biden, 78, will spend Thursday morning receiving his daily intelligence briefing from spy agencies and receiving a closed-door briefing on the coronavirus pandemic. He has no scheduled events or briefings on his public schedule in the afternoon.