'It's a great thing': In a first, US President Donald Trump wears mask in public amid coronavirus crisis
Washington | Jagran News Desk: US President Donald Trump on Saturday wore a mask for the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump, who has avoided wearing a mask in public, donned one on Saturday and visited a military hospital in suburban Washington.
Trump, who met wounded service members and health care providers caring for COVID-19 patients at the hospital, has repeatedly denied wearing a masks during press conferences. On Saturday, the US President, however, said that he is not against masks while adding that “they have a time and a place”.
“I think when you are in a hospital, especially in that particular setting when you are talking to a lot of soldiers, people that in some cases just got off the operating table, I think it is a great thing to wear a mask,” Trump was quoted as saying by news agency Reuters.
According to reports, Trump has reportedly told aides that wearing a mask would make him look weak and he could not stomach the idea of letting the media photograph him in one.
In May Trump even made fun of Democrat’s presidential candidate Joe Biden when the latter started wearing a mask in public, sharing a tweet that featured an unflattering photograph of the former vice president in a black face covering.
Biden, meanwhile, said that Trump had spent months ignoring the advice of medical experts and politicising wearing a mask.
"Rather than taking responsibility and leading, he wasted four months that Americans have been making sacrifices by stoking divisions and actively discouraging people from taking a very basic step to protect each other," said the spokesman, Andrew Bates.
Meanwhile, Trump on Saturday visited the hospital to meet the wounded soldiers and front-line health-care workers. According to reports, Trump said only "thank you" as he met the workers.
Coronavirus in US:
The highly contagious coronavirus, which originated in China’s Wuhan, has infected more than 3.2 million and killed at least 1.34 lakh people in the United States since March.
(With agency inputs)
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma