‘I’ve never been against masks but I do believe they have a time and a place…’
(Liberty Headlines) President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday, the first time the president has been seen in public with a face covering.
Trump flew by helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington to meet wounded servicemembers and health care providers caring for COVID-19 patients.
As he left the White House, he told reporters: “When you’re in a hospital, especially … I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask.”
“I’ve never been against masks but I do believe they have a time and a place,” he said.
Trump was wearing a mask in Walter Reed’s hallway as he began his visit.
Republicans, including Vice President Mike Pence, endorsed wearing masks as the coronavirus gained ground this summer.
Trump, however, has declined to wear a mask at news conferences, coronavirus task force updates, rallies and other public events.
The only time Trump has been known to wear a mask was during a private part of a tour of a Ford plant in Michigan.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press.