Donald Trump finally wears mask in public

Donald Trump finally wears mask in public
Donald Trump previously denied to wear mask in pubic. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: US President Donald Trump has at last wear a mask in public for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr. Trump was visiting the Walter Reed military hospital outside Washington, where he met health care workers and wounded soldiers.

“I’ve never been against masks but I do believe they have a time and a place,” the President said as he left the White House.

Donald Trump has previously mocked Democratic rival Joe Biden for wearing mask and said that he would not do so.

But on Saturday the US President said: “I think when you’re in a hospital, especially in that particular setting, where you’re talking to a lot of soldiers and people that, in some cases, just got off the operating tables, I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask.”

Last week while he was speaking to Fox Business Network, Trump said: “I’m all for masks.”

He added that he “sort of liked” how he looked with one on, likening himself to the Lone Ranger, a fictional masked hero who with his Native American friend, Tonto, fought outlaws in the American Old West.

But when in April, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) began recommending people wear masks or cloth coverings in public to help stop the spread of the virus, Mr Trump told reporters he would not follow the suggestions.

He said back then: “I don’t think I’m going to be doing it. Wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens – I just don’t see it.”

According to some media reports, aides have repeatedly asked the president to wear mask in public.

What’s the current situation in the US?

In the past 24 hours, the US has seen another 66,528 infections, a record for one day, and according to Johns Hopkins University data, a total of almost 135,000 deaths since the pandemic began.

Louisiana has become the latest state to order that masks be worn in public.

John Bel Edwards, the Democratic Governor pf the state, also tightened restrictions on restaurants that will no longer be able to serve customers inside and ordered the closure of bars across Louisiana. The measures come into effect on Monday.

Governor Edwards said: “If you don’t like the mask mandate, then don’t like it while you wear your mask.”

“If you want to be mad at me about it, then be mad at me about it,” he said.

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