DC mayor defends Delaware trip as ‘essential,’ despite state being on DC’s COVID travel list

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser defended her decision to attend the Saturday night victory speech from Joe Biden in Delaware as essential after receiving criticism for violating the travel restrictions by visiting Delaware, a state which is on DC’s list of high-risk states for the novel coronavirus.

Bowser was speaking to reporters on Tuesday when one of them, referred to as Sam, asked her if her trip to Delaware was considered essential travel.

“Absolutely,” she replied.

“Let me just say this, Sam,” Bowser continued. “I do a lot of things to advance the interests of the District of Columbia. And some of them are formal, and some of them are informal, but all of them are necessary.”

A round of applause then followed her answer.

She had answered a question from the same reporter right before this remark, explaining that the reason for her trip to Delaware was “to congratulate the Biden-Harris team on a historic victory and celebrate, for Washingtonians, what will be a change at the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.” This remark was followed by applause from the crowd, too.

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