Reporters Without Masks Blast Trump for Not Wearing a Mask
Trump stated the advisory was voluntary
Media reporters at the White House press briefing pressed President Donald Trump why he chose not to wear a medical mask, while none of them were wearing masks themselves.
One reporter highlighted that former Vice President Joe Biden said he would start wearing a mask outdoors, and he had asked Trump if he would start wearing a mask also.
“Are we getting to the point where we might see the members of the coronavirus task force also wear face coverings?” the reporter asked.
Trump stated the advisory was voluntary, and he didn't have a problem with anyone wearing a mask.
Another reporter asked why the first lady recommended that Americans wear masks.
“She feels that way,” Trump replied.
“I would wear one,” he said.
“Would you like me to wear one right now? That would be a little awkward, I guess. But again, I would wear one if I thought it was important.”
Although some technicians and photographers were spotted wearing masks during the briefing, none of the reporters did.
Trump added he “wouldn’t be surprised” if members of his family in New York would be recommended to wear masks.
Dr. Anthony Fauci was also asked why he wasn't wearing a mask.
Fauci replied, saying as a mask would be to protect sick people from spreading the coronavirus.
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I had a test today, and it was negative,” Fauci said shortly.
On Saturday, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended Saturday that all Americans wear masks in public.
“The CDC is advising the use of nonmedical cloth face covering as an additional voluntary public health measure,” Trump said on Saturday, announcing the new guidelines.
“So it’s voluntary. You don’t have to do it.”
The CDC will advise everyone, sick or not, to wear cloth masks or other face coverings, such as scarves, but will urge the public not to use surgical masks - which are needed for our heroic health workers.
President Trump said, however, that the new guidelines will not be mandatory.
The policy marks a profound change in messaging as both the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) previously advised against wearing masks unless they had become infected with the coronavirus.