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Coronavirus: Infirst,Donald Trump Wears Face Mask In Public
Trump has reportedly told aides that wearing a mask would make him look weak and he could not stomach the idea of letting the media photograph him in one.
Coronavirus: InFirst, Donald Trump Wears Face Mask In Public
New Delhi: US President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to the military hospital on Saturday, very first time the president has been seen in public with the type of the facial covering recommended by the health officials as the precaution against spreading of becoming infected by the novel coronavirus.
The president flew by helicopter to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington to meet the wounded servicemembers and the healthcare providers caring for the coronavirus patients. As he left the White House, he told to the reporters: "When you're in a hospital, especially ... I think it's a great thing to wear a mask."
Donald Trump was a latecomer to wearing a mask during the global pandemic, which has raged across the U.S. since March and infected more than 3.2 million and has killed at least 134,000. Prominent Republican,including Vice President Mike Pence, endorsed the wearing masks as the coronavirus gained this summer.
However Donald Trump has declined to wear a mask at news conferences, rallies, coronavirus task force, and other public events, Poeple closed to Mr. Trump have told that The Associated Press that the president feared a mask would make him look weak and was concerned that it shifted focus to the public health crisis rather than the economic recovery.
Donald Trump while not wearing one himself has sent mixed signals about masks, acknowledging that they would be appropriate if worn in an indoor setting where people were close together.
The wearing of masks became another political dividing line, with the Republicans more resistant to wearing them than Democrats.
A spokesman for the Biden campaign cast the president's action as too late.
Spokesman Andrew Bates in a statement said that "Donald Trump spent months ignoring the advice of medical experts and politicizing wearing a mask, one of the most important things we can do to prevent the spread of the virus," Rather than taking responsibility and leading, he wasted four months that Americans have been making sacrifices by stoking divisions and actively discouraging people from taking a very basic step to protect each other."
Walter Reed Carries this recommendation, on its website "Whenever you're out in public like at your local grocery store or pharmacy, where it's difficult to maintain 6 feet of social distance, you should wear a cloth face covering." The facility also notes that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the coronavirus."