Coronavirus: In change of tone, Trump says he's 'all for masks'

Elias Hubbard
July 3, 2020

In recent days, many Republicans and members of the White House coronavirus task force have been more outspoken in advocating for Americans to wear face masks in public settings as infections have surged across the south and west. "Seriously people - STOP BUYING MASKS!"

Last month, the World Health Organization updated its guidance on face masks, recommending they should be worn in public areas where there is a risk of transmission and physical distancing is not possible.

After long resisting wearing a mask in public, US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he likes that it makes him look like a Lone Ranger.

Other polls show a striking difference between public opinion and many of Trump's positions on coronavirus. And I don't think they're not wearing masks because the president of the United States is not wearing a mask. "I just don't. Maybe I'll change my mind", he added even as his wife favoured the use of the mask as a protection against the virus.

Asked why the increase was happening, he said: "When you look at the fact that we never got things down to base line where so many countries in Europe and the United Kingdom and other countries did, they closed down to the tune of about 97% lockdown". A Goldman Sachs report found that expanding mask mandates could also help the USA economy. "A national face-mask mandate could potentially substitute for renewed lockdowns that would otherwise subtract almost 5% from GDP", Goldman Sachs said. "The economic benefit from a face-mask mandate and increased face-mask usage could be sizable". Many Americans have refused to wear masks themselves, with social media postings showcasing abhorrent behavior from some of those individuals, including videos of customers coughing on retail workers after being asked to wear masks.

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A cigar hostess wearing a mask at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada after it opened for the first time since mid-March

"I want to be as clear as I can possibly be: New Mexico, in this moment, still has the power to change the bad trajectory of this virus", Ms Grisham said. "Wearing simple face coverings is not about protecting ourselves, it is about protecting everyone we encounter".

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal published in June, Trump also said that he believed facial coverings were an affront to him politically, a sign of disapproval of his presidency from those wearing them.

On Wednesday, he sounded a different tone, saying: "I had a mask on". It was a dark black mask and I thought it looked okay. Vice President Mike Pence earlier eschewed masks but now says that wearing them "is just a good idea." Sen. Marco Rubio urged, "Just wear a damn mask". Rep. Liz Cheney tweeted a photo of her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, wearing one, with the hashtag #realmenwearmasks.

In Wednesday's interview, Mr Trump suggested a federal mandate was unnecessary and continued to frame mask wearing as a matter of choice.

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