Trump finally urges people to wear a tweeted mask in public that claims "many people say it's patriotic" to cover up, adding, "No one is more patriotic than your favorite president!"
- President Trump tweeted on Monday to support wearing masks, which he thought was patriotic
- "Many people say wearing a face mask is patriotic when you can't distance yourself socially," Trump wrote
- He added: "There is no one more patriotic than me, your favorite president!"
- Trump contained a black and white picture of himself with a mask at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
- The Walter Reed trip on June 12 was the first time that Trump had a mask taken
- In April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that the American public wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus
- But at the time, Trump said it wasn't for him, and told the staff behind the scenes that he would look ridiculous and feared the graphics would be used in campaign ads
Almost four months after President Trump said that wearing masks was not for him, he sent out a tweet on Monday suggesting that people cover their faces to prevent the spread of the corona virus.
"We are united in our efforts to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that wearing a face mask when you can't distance yourself socially is patriotic," Trump wrote. "There is no one more patriotic than me, your favorite president!"
Trump then attached a photo of him with a mask from his visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center earlier this month.
President Trump tweeted on Monday that "many" people say it is "patriotic to wear a face mask when you can't distance yourself socially". "There is no one more patriotic than me, your favorite president," added Trump
President Trump allowed cameras to catch him with a mask during a trip to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on July 12. The president takes the weekend trip to visit wounded troops
The previous Monday, President Trump spoke to masked reporters from the Oval Office. The other participants in the meeting sat a few feet apart to discuss the next bill for the coronavirus stimulus
The trip to wounded troops was the first time Trump had a mask taken.
He briefly wore a mask during a tour of a Ford Motor Co. plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, in late May.
But he did not allow reporters to record it.
"I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it," Trump said.
Photos of Trump wearing the mask soon leaked.
On April 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published an updated coronavirus transmission notice recommending that Americans wear masks.
The president said he was not interested.
"Well, I just don't want to wear one myself," he said at the time.
"I just don't want to do it – I don't know, sitting in the oval office behind the nice Resolute Desk – the big Resolute Desk. I think I wear a face mask when I have presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens, I don't know. Somehow I don't see it for myself, ”Trump continued. & # 39; I just – I just don't. Maybe I'll change my mind, but that will pass and hopefully it will go very quickly. & # 39;
Health officials initially did not want to recommend wearing a widely used mask for fear that Americans would buy N95 masks that were urgently needed for healthcare workers and first responders.
This caused confusion, which was compounded by the administration sending mixed messages about masks.
Vice President Mike Pence got hot when he showed up at the Mayo Clinic in May without a mask.
He corrects the situation by wearing one the next time he leaves the DC.
Around the same time, Trump went to a Honeywell Arizona factory that made masks and refused to put one on.
In the recent Trump campaigns, the organizers have not made it mandatory to wear masks.
Behind the scenes, the Associated Press reported, Trump feared that he would look ridiculous in a mask and feared that it would be used in political advertisements against him.
At the beginning of May, he informed the adjutants that they would "send the wrong message".
"It's a vanity thing, I think, with him," House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said of Trump's position to be nude. "You would think that as President of the United States you have the confidence to honor the leadership he gives the country."
More recently, however, some Capitol Hill Republicans have asked Trump to set a good example and put on a mask as coronavirus cases continue to increase across the country.
They even made their plight public.
"We mustn't have stigma – none – if we wear masks, if we leave our homes and approach other people," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in the Senate late last month. "Wearing simple facewear isn't about protecting yourself, it's about protecting everyone we meet."