President Trump on Saturday was seen wearing a face mask for the first time in public while touring Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
In April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures were difficult to maintain. Mr. Trump immediately said he wouldn’t be following their guidance. He later visited a mask factory in May where he was not seen wearing a mask. Mr. Trump told reporters that he had worn one earlier.
Mr. Trump has long resisted wearing a face mask despite the recommendations of the White House, but he recently said he’s “all for masks.”
“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 table, I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask,” Mr. Trump told reporters Saturday. “I’ve never been against masks, but I do believe they have a time and a place.”
Mr. Trump wore a navy mask with the presidential seal emblazoned on the side. He was accompanied by senior members of his staff, including chief of staff Mark Meadows, all of whom wore masks.