Mr Trump has come under new pressure to change his attitude in handling the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday pushed to encourage mask-wearing, explicitly endorsing a measure widely seen as crucial to stemming the coronavirus pandemic, and potentially quelling a bitter debate that experts say costs lives. When Joe Biden wore an almost identical looking black mask, Trump and his Republican cronies made fun of him for being weak. Now when Trump finally catches on and follows Biden’s lead.
The president, who for months resisted covering his face in public, tweeted that “it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance.” The reversal followed polls that showed Trump’s refusal to champion masks was out of step with citizens terrified by rising case counts nationwide. Donald Trump wears a mask while visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, on July 11. And for the first time he publicly encouraged his followers to wear masks, writing on Twitter that "many people say that it is Patriotic" to take the step public health experts have been advocating for months.
He attached a week-old photograph of himself wearing a mask, rendered more dramatic in a black-and-white filter. He tweeted; "We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!"
Earlier this month, US public health body the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement urging everyone to wear masks. "We are not defenceless against COVID-19," CDC Director Dr Robert R Redfield said "Cloth face coverings may help prevent the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used in public settings. When you wear a face covering, you help protect those around you. When others wear one, they help protect people around them, including you."
Coronavirus cases in the U.S. increased Monday to 3.79 million, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg. The disease has killed almost 141,000 Americans so far. The result is a quiet but widening breach between Mr. Trump and leading figures in his party, as the virus burns through major political battlegrounds in the South and the West, like in the states of Arizona, Texas and Georgia.
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