For the first time, US President Donald Trump has been seen wearing a mask in public.
President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday, the first time the president has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials as a precaution against spreading or becoming infected by the novel coronavirus.
Trump flew by helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington to meet wounded service members and health care providers caring for COVID-19 patients. As he left the White House, he told reporters: “When you’re in a hospital, especially … I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask.”
Trump was wearing a mask in Walter Reed’s hallway as he began his visit. He was not wearing one when he stepped off the helicopter at the facility.
Trump’s wearing of the mask comes after months of refusing to wear the protective the covering, saying he feared a mask would make him look weak. He was more concerned that Coronavirus pandemic shifted focus to the public health crisis rather than the economic recovery.
Covid-19 has infected more than 3.2 million and killed at least 134,000 in the US.