After months refusing to appear in public with a mask in the middle of the coronaviru pandemicyes, even though it is what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends from April 3 and his health experts, and resisting even when leaders of his own party asked him to do so to set an example and help to stop the protection element from being seen as a political symbol, The president of United States, Donald Trump, has finally put on a this Saturday. She has done it in a visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was making a closed visit to the press of wounded soldiers and medical personnel who have been caring for covid-19 patients.
When the country has already more than 3.2 million infections and about 135,000 deceased, and as the virus continues to hit hard especially in the south and west, Trump has appeared on camera with a navy face mask, with the gold embroidered presidential seal on one side of the mask. He has made no statements to the press in the hallway, and has only said “thank you” as he passed.
Before leaving Marine One for the hospital, however, he had advanced that he would wear one. “When you are in a hospital, especially in that particular setting, when you’re talking to a lot of soldiers and people that in some cases just left the operating table, I think it’s a big thing to wear a mask“he has said in a few brief statements, in which he has also defended the criticized commutation of the prison sentence of his friend Roger Stone.”I’ve never been against masks“, he has affirmed, not without adding:” I think that they have a time and place“.
He May 21th Trump donned one when visiting a Ford plant in Michigan, but it was in a part of the visit closed to the media. “I didn’t want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it“he said proudly later (although a photo was later leaked).
The average of polls maintained by Real Clear Politics on the assessment of the presidential management of the crisis of the coronavirus shows an index of 57.5% disapproval, with a 40.5% approval.
25 states of the 50 of the country, as well as DC and Puerto Rico, already require by executive order the use of the mask. The last one to join was this Saturday, Louisiana. Another 21 have somewhat less stringent regulations and only in four (Iowa, South Dakota, Montana and Wisconsin) there are no impositions established by the state government.