US COVID-19 Spike: Trump Changes tone, ‘I’m All For Masks,’
After weeks of offering tacit approval, at best, for masks and not wearing one in public himself, President Trump gave his most enthusiastic endorsement of wearing facial coverings yet on Wednesday, indicating he would wear one in groups and that he’s in full support of them.
“I’m all for masks,” Trump said during an interview with Fox Business on Wednesday, adding that he would wear one “in a tight situation with people.”
The president has yet to be seen in public wearing a mask and reportedly believes wearing one could harm his public image.
Trump, however, indicated Wednesday that he was pleased by his appearance with a mask: “I sort of liked the way I looked,” he said.
In recent weeks, lawmakers from both parties have pressured the president to wear a mask and set a better example.
On Tuesday, during a congressional hearing on the U.S. response to the coronavirus, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) urged the president to wear a facial covering in public, saying doing so would lead “millions of admirers” to “follow his lead.”