Washington, July 12
President Donald Trump wore a masks throughout a go to to a navy hospital on Saturday, the primary time the president has been seen in public with the kind of facial protecting really useful by well being officers as a precaution towards spreading or turning into contaminated by the novel coronavirus.
Trump flew by helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington to fulfill wounded servicemembers and well being care suppliers caring for COVID-19 sufferers.
As he left the White House, he informed reporters: “When you’re in a hospital, especially … I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask.”
Trump was carrying a masks in Walter Reed’s hallway as he started his go to. He was not carrying one when he stepped off the helicopter on the facility.
The president was a latecomer to carrying a masks through the pandemic, which has raged throughout the U.S. since March and contaminated greater than 3.2 million and killed a minimum of 134,000.
Most distinguished Republicans, together with Vice President Mike Pence, endorsed carrying masks because the coronavirus gained floor this summer season.
Republican governors have been shifting towards requiring or encouraging the usage of masks because the pandemic has grown extra severe in some states within the South and West.
Trump, nevertheless, has declined to put on a masks at information conferences, coronavirus activity pressure updates, rallies and different public occasions.
People near him have informed The Associated Press that the president feared a masks would make him look weak and was involved that it shifted focus to the general public well being disaster reasonably than the financial restoration. They spoke on situation of anonymity to explain non-public issues.
While not carrying one himself, Trump has despatched blended indicators about masks, acknowledging that they might be acceptable if worn in an indoor setting the place folks had been shut collectively.
But he has accused reporters of carrying them to be politically right and has retweeted messages making enjoyable of Democrat Joe Biden for carrying a masks and implying that Biden seems to be weak.
Questions stay whether or not Trump will put on a masks with any regularity.
The carrying of masks grew to become one other political dividing line, with Republicans extra immune to carrying them than Democrats. Few masks had been seen at current Trump marketing campaign occasions in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Phoenix and South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore.
The solely time Trump has been recognized to put on a masks was throughout a personal a part of a tour of a Ford plant in Michigan.
On its web site, Walter Reed carries this advice: “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 additionally notes that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends carrying material face coverings to gradual the unfold of the coronavirus.” —AP