Trump wears mask in public for first time
Published: 10:53 AM, 12 July 2020
Donald Trump wore a mask in public for the first time during Covid-19 pandemic while making a visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, after months of refusing to don the medical expert-recommended face coverings meant to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
"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," the president told reporters. "I've never been against masks, but I do believe they have a time and a place."
The president stressed this week he didn't believe masks were necessary in areas where frequent testing was available and social distancing practices followed.
Trump has steadfastly defended his administration's handling of the pandemic even though the US is the hardest-hit country in the world.
The United States has the highest number of deaths and cases. So far, 3,355,646 people have infected with the virus in the US. Of them, 137,403 have died while 1,490,446 have recovered.