“I’ve never been against masks but I do believe they have a time and a place,” says Trump as he changes tone on wearing masks.
US President Donald Trump, who had long opposed WHO’s recommended health advice of wearing face masks in public spaces finally had a change of tone last Saturday as he was seen visiting a military hospital donning a face mask – something he said he would never do in his life.
He was pictured on Saturday morning while visiting the Walter Reed military hospital outside Washington.
When asked by the media why the sudden change of heart, Mr Trump responded he has “never been against masks but I do believe they have a time and a place…I think when you’re in a hospital, especially in that particular setting, where you’re talking to a lot of soldiers and people that, in some cases, just got off the operating tables, I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask.”
Trump had earlier maintained that face masks do not need to be made mandatory to curb the spread of the virus in the US.
“I don’t think I’m going to be doing it,” he said back then. “Wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens – I just don’t see it,” he once said.
There has been debate in the US over the importance of face covering. Especially as the cases spiral in the country with more than 66,528 new infections recorded in less than 24 hours and a total of 135,000 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, Trump has since decided to lead his countrymen in a good way.
He has since been applauded of the stunt.
There were fears his leadership posed a threat in the already strained health sector as infections keep increasing in the country – many claimed it was through people like him who decided not to wear masks in public places.