Trump wears a public mask for the first time after amid surge on the COVID-19 cases, Party President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.
Donald Trump was seen wearing a mask in public, although it was clear he did not want to allow its use. The US president was visiting a military hospital in Washington where he met with wounded staff and health workers caring for COVID-19 patients.
The epidemic hit the US in March, and infected more than 3.2 million people and killed at least 134,000 people – the highest number of deaths in any other country. But, while health officials recommend covering the face as a way to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Mr. Trump once refused to wear it to public events.
US President Donald Trump wears a mask during a visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda,
The US president wore a mask while visiting the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington.
The Associated Press quoted sources close to the president as saying that he feared that wearing a mask would make him look weak and that would remove his focus on economic recovery.
He acknowledged that the mask should be worn only when people are close to each other inside the house but accused journalists of wearing it as politically correct.
He has also sent text messages mocking his rival of democratically elected president Joe Biden by wearing a mask.
When asked why he was wearing a mask on Saturday, Mr Trump told reporters: “If you’re in hospital especially … I think you’re expected to wear a mask.”
The only time Trump was seen wearing a mask was his private visit to a factory in Michigan in May but he was reluctant to take pictures.
He also said later: “I’ve had it before. I wore one back to back. I didn’t want to give the media the pleasure of seeing it.”
Mr Bitenen’s spokesman said: “Instead of taking responsibility and leadership, (Trump) spent four months that the American people have been sacrificing themselves by making divisions by strengthening divisions and encouraging people to take basic steps to protect each other.”
At the same time on Saturday, Texas reported a record increase in the number of new cases and the highest recording of the number of people hospitalized with the disease.
The number of cases increased by 10 351 to 250 462 and the number of people in hospital increased by 81 percent to 10 088, according to the state health department.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott warned citizens “things will get worse”, with just a day to go before a new law could be passed if the state could prevent the number of cases from escalating.