Psaki Raps DeSantis Over Punishment of School Officials Who Mandate Masks: ‘We’re Talking About People’s Lives’

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki criticized Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for threatening to withhold pay from school officials who enact mask mandates.

At Tuesday afternoon’s White House daily briefing, the subject of the threat from DeSantis’ office — that the state board of education “could move to withhold the salary of the district superintendent or school board members” who defy DeSantis’ executive orders — came up repeatedly.

NBC News White House correspondent Peter Alexander asked Psaki to give the administration’s “take” on the governor’s threat, and Psaki began by praising “the courage and the boldness of a number of leaders in Florida, including in Miami-Dade county. People who are stepping up to do the right
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