- President Donald Trump wore a mask in public for the first time on Saturday while traveling to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
- He has been reluctant to wear a mask so far, but noted in a Fox News interview that he did not want to “spread anything” to the soldiers.
- Public health experts have deplored his reluctance to put on a face covering – research has shown that this practice can help prevent transmission of the coronavirus by blocking respiratory droplets.
- Trump sent mixed messages about the masks, at one time making fun of others for wearing them, and at other times saying that he was “all for masks.”
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President Donald Trump wore a mask in front of the public and White House press officials on Saturday for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump, who has been hesitant to wear a mask in public, has donned a navy blue mask with a gold presidential seal on the side during his trip to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to visit the injured servicemen.
Trump said in an interview with Fox News on Thursday that he intended to wear the mask during his visit.
“I think if I’m in the right environment, if I’m with soldiers … I don’t want to spread anything,” he told Sean Hannity. “I don’t want to cause trouble for anyone. No, I have no problem with masks, but it must be done at the right time. ”
Wearing a mask to prevent the spread of respiratory droplets that could cause transmission of the coronavirus has become a politicized problem in recent months, despite the efforts of public health experts to encourage the public to put on their faces in public.
Many Trump supporters chose not to use the covers, and photos and videos of recent Trump events in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Mount Rushmore, showed crowds with few visible masks.
This prompted a number of Republicans and prominent Trump allies to speak out in favor of the masks. Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy even said that wearing Trump “would set a good example.”
Trump himself has sent mixed messages about the practice. At one point, he shared a tweet that made fun of his Democratic opponent Joe Biden for wearing a face mask, but on another occasion, he said it was “all for masks” and said that he thought they made him look like the Lone Ranger.
Trump was previously spotted wearing a mask in late May during a trip to the Ford plant in Michigan, but he only wore it during a private part of the factory and did not wear it in front of the media. .
“I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” he said.