Trump finally spotted wearing face mask ​

Saturday - 11/07/2020 21:02
Donald Trump wearing a mask. Picture: Alex Edelman/AFPSource:AFP
Donald Trump wearing a mask. Picture: Alex Edelman/AFPSource:AFP
US President Donald Trump has emerged with a face mask after months of refusing to wear one, despite his own government’s advice.

US President Donald Trump was pictured wearing a face mask for the first time during a visit to a military hospital today.

Mr Trump had refused to wear one in front of the cameras for months, despite the advice of his own government.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention recommends Americans “wear face cloth coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household”.

Mr Trump’s decision to relent and wear a mask comes after the World Health Organisation said they should be compulsory.

In Australia, Victorians in virus hot spots are also being encouraged to wear themwhen they venture outside.

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US President Donald Trump wears a mask as he visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on July 11, 2020. Picture: Alex Edelman /AFP
US President Donald Trump wears a mask as he visits Walter Reed National
Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on July 11, 2020. Picture: Alex Edelman /AFPSource:AFP
 


Mr Trump visited wounded US service members at the Walter Reed National Medical Center, and was pictured wearing a black face mask with a presidential seal.

“I’m going to Walter Reed to see some of our great soldiers who have been injured. Badly injured. And also see some of our Covid workers, people who have such a great job,” the President told media on Thursday, a few days before his planned visit.

“And I expect to be wearing a mask when I go into Walter Reed. You’re in a hospital so I think it’s a very appropriate thing.”

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Trump has long been resistant to wearing a mask. Picture: Alex Edelman /AFP
Trump has long been resistant to wearing a mask. Picture: Alex Edelman /AFPSource:AFP
 

One presidential adviser revealed to CNN that Mr Trump’s decision to wear a mask was a result of “lots of negotiation” and continual “pleading” by aides.

The President’s rhetoric on the issue is still mixed. Today he stopped short of telling Americans they should wear masks, merely saying that they could, if they were comfortable with the idea.

“It‘s fine to wear a mask if it makes you feel comfortable,” he said.

 

Trump’s aides and advisers are hoping that by wearing a mask, Trump will be setting a role model for his extreme supporters. Picture: Alex Edelman /AFP
Trump’s aides and advisers are hoping that by wearing a mask,
Trump will be setting a role model for his extreme supporters. Picture: Alex Edelman /AFPSource:AFP
 

It’s not the first time the President’s black mask has appeared over the course of the pandemic.

In May, he claimed he was wearing his black mask behind the scenes during a May visit to a Ford plant in Michigan — but it was nowhere to be seen when he emerged to speak to the media.

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“I had one on before. I wore one in this back area. But I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” Mr Trump said when he was asked why.

“But I had it in the back area, I did put a mask on.

“(It’s) not necessary here. Everybody’s been tested and I’ve been tested. In fact I was tested this morning. So it’s not necessary.”

Ford got in trouble for allowing Trump to walk around maskless. It later released a statement clarifying what happened.

“(Executive Chairman) Bill Ford encouraged President Trump to wear a mask when he arrived. He wore a mask during a private viewing of three Ford GTs from over the years. The President later removed the mask for the remainder of the visit,” it said.

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