White House Goes 30 Minutes into a Press Conference Before Mentioning the Hospitalization of Justice Clarence Thomas

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    The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, did not speak about the hospitalization of conservative-leaning Justice Clarence Thomas until around 30 minutes after her White House press briefing began. Anne Neuberger, the deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging technology, was interviewed by journalists for more than 15 minutes before Psaki was back on the stage, but she did not speak about Justice Thomas.

    Psaki only made mention of Justice Thomas after ABC reporter Elizabeth Schulze asked her if the White House has “had any contact” with Justice Thomas as well as “any updates.” Psaki told reporters that she was “not aware of any direct contacts” between the White House and Justice Thomas. “Of course, we wish him a speedy recovery, and of course [send] thoughts out to his family,” Psaki said.

    Justice Thomas was hospitalized on Friday after contracting an infection, having flu-like symptoms.

    “He underwent tests, was diagnosed with an infection, and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics,” an official Supreme Court statement released on Sunday explained. “His symptoms are abating, he is resting comfortably, and he expects to be released from the hospital in a day or two.”

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