Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser traveled to Delaware to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden on his win, and then quickly defended her jaunt to a state she designated as high risk amid the coronavirus pandemic, as “necessary.”
“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,” Bowser told reporters on Tuesday, NBC Washington reported.
The Democratic mayor said her trip to Wilmington on Saturday was official government business and exempt from the DC travel advisory that lists Delaware as a high-risk state amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“The new president is our neighbor, and I will be his mayor while he’s here. And there are special events that our city supports with the federal government,” Bowser said. “And so building relationships with a new team is going to be important for all of us.”
Bowser said she met with at least one senior advisor to Biden but did not provide specifics of their conversation, only to say she congratulated Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Delaware is among 42 states on Bowser’s advisory list that are deemed high-risk during the pandemic and require travelers to limit daily activities and self-monitor for 14 days.
That requirement went into effect Monday but exempts essential travel.
“I am regularly tested, and I’m tested according to my levels of exposure doing my job,” Bowser said. “I will continue to get tested according to that.”