President Donald Trump admitted on Sunday that Melania would wear a face mask, although he remained reluctant to put it on after the CDC recommended that all Americans do so.
The first lady tweeted the advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even though the president said the recommendation is “voluntary.”
“She feels that way,” President Trump said in response to a question from DailyMail.com.
“I would wear one. I just – do you want me to wear one now? ‘, He asked. “I think that would be a little tricky, but again, I would wear one if I thought it was important. She likes to wear it, she does. Many people do that. Again it is a recommendation and I understand that recommendation and I like it. ‘
Melania Trump has been active on social media, offering advice and ways to deal with the pandemic and the social distance guidelines it has imposed on Americans, causing a general upheaval in life.
“I ask that everyone take social distance and take a mask / face covering seriously. # COVID19 is a virus that can spread to anyone, ‘she tweeted on Sunday.
She has also filmed two public announcements about fighting the virus.
President Donald Trump admitted on Sunday that Melania would wear a face mask, even though he remained reluctant to do so
Melania Trump tweeted the CDC’s advice on wearing face masks; the first lady was active on social media during the pandemic and gave tips
President Trump was also asked if his coronavirus task force should wear face masks during the briefings to set an example for the rest of the nation.
“Well, it was voluntary,” said Trump. “Certainly if they wanted to, I would encourage it. I would have absolutely no problem with that if they wanted to. ‘
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, said he didn’t wear any of the briefings because face masks prevent infected people from transmitting the coronavirus and he tested negative for it.
“Why don’t I wear face masks now? Okay, there are a few reasons. One is that part of, in fact, the main reason for wearing a face mask is to protect you from infection. I have my test yesterday. It was negative on Thursday, “he said.
President Trump praised his words.
“Very good answer,” he said.
The CDC recommended Friday that Americans wear non-medical fabric masks – but Trump emphasized that it was not a mandate.
“So it’s voluntary, you don’t have to do it,” the president said from the podium of the briefing room. “This is voluntary, I don’t think I’m going to do it.”
Minutes later, Melania Trump tweeted that Americans should take masks seriously.
“As the weekend approaches, I ask that everyone take social distance and take a mask / face cover seriously,” she tweeted from her FLOTUS account. “# COVID19 is a virus that can spread to anyone – we can stop this together.”
But the president suggested that it might make him seem foolish when communicating with world leaders.
“I feel good,” Trump said when asked why he shouldn’t wear face clothes. “Somehow sitting in the Oval Office, sitting behind that beautiful Resolute Desk, the big Resolute Desk, I think I’m wearing a face mask while greeting presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens, I don’t know, I just don’t know “I don’t see it myself,” Trump said.
Top experts, including members of Trump’s coronavirus task force, said for days that they debated whether or not to issue a mask recommendation.
President Trump said the CDC would recommend that Americans wear masks – but said it was voluntary and he wouldn’t
The President urged Americans not to wear medical-grade masks and instead make masks of fabric at home
Minutes after Trump said he wouldn’t personally wear a mask, first lady Melania Trump sent a tweet saying Americans should take the CDC recommendations seriously
One concern is that Americans who do not work in the medical field would boast masks needed to protect doctors, nurses, emergency responders, and others on the front lines.
For days, Trump suggested that Americans simply wear scarves to make ends meet.
But on Friday, he said the CDC released the new mask recommendation.
From recent studies we know that the transmission of persons without symptoms plays a greater role in the spread of the virus than previously believed, so you don’t seem to have any symptoms and it is still being transmitted, “the president explained.
‘In light of these studies, the CDC recommends prosecuting non-medical fabric facial coverage as an additional voluntary public health measure, “he said.
The President proposed fabric or fabric masks that could be ordered online or made at home.
They must also be washable.
“I want to emphasize that the CDC does not recommend the use of medical or surgical grade masks and we want them to be used for our wonderful medical people who work so hard and do some work,” said the president.
Trump also said that wearing a mask did not replace the social distance guidelines the government had already issued, which included standing six feet apart and “practicing hand hygiene” as the President put it.
“Again, we are all coming back here together,” he assured the American people.
But then reiterated that he would not be caught wearing a mask.
“I choose not to do it,” said the President.