Trump wears mask during visit to Walter Reed

Source: The Hill | July 11, 2020 | J. Edward Moreno and Brett Samuels

President Trump wore a face mask during his visit to Walter Reed hospital on Saturday, marking the first time he has done so in front of cameras.

Trump visited the medical center in Maryland to meet with wounded soldiers and health care staff who have been caring for COVID-19 patients. He wore a mask as he walked down a hallway with hospital officials, but the rest of his time at Walter Reed was closed to the press.

The face mask seen on the president was navy blue with a gold presidential seal on the side of it.

Trump has seldom worn a mask publicly. He was spotted wearing one behind the scenes during a tour of a Ford Factory in May, but then opted not to wear one in front of the media, saying he didn’t want to give them the satisfaction of seeing it.

The president has said he doesn’t have an issue with those who wear masks and insisted he would use a face covering in a crowded setting or when visiting a hospital. But Republicans have urged him to wear one himself, arguing it would set a good example for his supporters amid the coronavirus pandemic.


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