Donald Trump is first openly depicted with a mask when he visits the Walter Reed hospital
- The president visited Walter Reed military hospital on Saturday afternoon
- Trump was photographed with a face mask in a rare gesture
- Assistants “begged” the president to be photographed in a mask, CNN reported
- Most of the time he refused to do this, but on May 21, he was wearing a face mask in Michigan
Donald Trump has put on a face mask to visit recovering military personnel at Walter Reed military hospital, in a rare nod to the coronavirus pandemic.
Health experts agree that face masks are helpful in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
The President has repeatedly declined the suggestion to wear a mask because he says that it makes people touch their faces too much, so it doesn’t help.
Trump told Fox News on Thursday that he would wear a face mask while traveling.
Donald Trump wore a face mask on Saturday to visit Walter Reed hospital
“I’m going to see Walter Reed to see some of our great soldiers who have been injured,” he told Sean Hannity.
‘Badly injured. And also see some of our Covid employees, people who have such a great job.
“And I expect to wear a mask when I enter Walter Reed. You are in a hospital, so I think it is very appropriate. ‘
The Walter Reed website contains guidelines that state that “when entering and moving through the facility, visitors should wear a cloth face covering their nose and mouth … when they cannot maintain a six-foot distance.”
Trump’s decision to model a mask in public and promote it in a Fox News interview on Thursday evening came after a quiet lobbying campaign by a number of White House assistants and political advisers, assistants familiar with the discussions CNN told.
Some of his aides were reportedly concerned by the sight of so many maskless Trump supporters at a meeting in Tulsa, Oklahoma last month, and concerned about the wave of coronavirus cases in the south.
All attendees of the President were photographed with face masks
Depicted before leaving the White House on Saturday, the President was not wearing a mask
A presidential advisor described the effort as more than a week of “much negotiation” and repeated “pleading” by assistants urging the president to set an example for his supporters by wearing a mask during the visit.
Until this week, Trump opposed that persuasion, in part because he gets tested daily and considers it an unnecessary step, and also because he didn’t want to give in to media criticism and pressure.
“I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it,” Trump said during a May visit to a Ford factory in Michigan, where he declined to wear a mask in front of the press in violation of Ford rules. .
He put on the mask when he thought people were not looking.
Trump was captured on camera, away from the press, wearing a mask on May 21 in Michigan
He showed the mask to print on the Michigan trip, but didn’t want photos to wear it
Trump’s visit to Walter Reed on Saturday will only take hours to gather his supporters in New Hampshire – a rally scheduled for Friday night, but delayed due to bad weather.
Advisers hope that his decision to wear a mask will encourage rally participants to do the same.
The Trump campaign now “ strongly encourages ” visitors to wear masks – a notable difference from Trump’s political events in recent weeks, where masks were scarce and few steps were taken to encourage this.
He declined requests to make masks mandatory during his events.
“It’s okay to wear a mask if you’re comfortable with it,” he said.
A Trump political advisor told CNN that the president is not forcing people to wear them.
“That’s the president. He doesn’t want to say it, “said the consultant.