Trump for the first time wears a mask in public
“I’ve never been against masks, but I do believe they have a time and a place,” Trump told reporters shortly before leaving the White House for the Walter Reed military hospital.
US President Donald Trump wore a mask in public during a visit to a military hospital Saturday, falling in line with the recommendations of his public health officials and experts.It was a navy blue mask with the golden presidential seal emblazoned on the left.“I’ve never been against masks, but I do believe they have a time and a place,” Trump told reporters shortly before leaving the White House for the Walter Reed military hospital just outside Washington DC in the adjoining state Maryland.
Trump’s grudging capitulation came under mounting pressure from his aides, allies and critics, on a day when the cumulative total of Covid-19 infections in the United States climbed to 3.24 million, with 66,627 new infections, and fatalities went up to 134,740 with 802 deaths in the last 24 hours.
The American president had refused to wear a mask in public — he said he wore it once out of public view — triggering a political war about facial coverings, with many conservatives around the country following his lead. Many Republican-ruled states had refused to make it mandatory — such as Texas — until recently, when it was hit by a brutal spike in Covid-19 cases.