Daily US Times: Speaker of the US House of Representative Nancy Pelosi said President Donald Trump has “crossed a bridge” on mask wearing. She on Sunday called his action while on a visit to wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center “an admission” that mask wearing can help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Pelosi said that she is so glad that the President obeyed the rules of the Walter Reed.
”You can’t go see our veterans who are there without wearing a mask. Now, he’s crossed a bridge,” Pelosi told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of The Union.”
“That’s an admission that if you’re going to see our soldiers, you have to wear a mask. If you’re going to be with our children, you have to wear a mask. If we want to stop the spread of the coronavirus, you have to wear a mask.”
Mr Trump on Saturday wear a mask in public for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
He 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 mask wearing 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.
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 of 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.
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