‘Whether You Like The Mask Or Not’: Trump Tells All Americans To Wear A Mask When Unable To Social Distance

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Christian Datoc Senior White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump said Tuesday evening that all Americans should wear masks when they cannot socially distance to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“Young adults may often have mild or even no symptoms,” Trump told reporters gathered in the White House briefing for his first coronavirus task force briefing in months. “They won’t even know they’re sick. They won’t have any idea that they have a virus. They won’t have any idea at all. America’s youth will act responsibly and we are asking everybody that when you are not able to socially distance, wear a mask.”

“Get a mask,” the president continued. “Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact. They will have an effect and we need everything we can get.” (RELATED: ‘Nobody More Patriotic’: Trump Masks Up In Photo Encouraging More Americans To Do The Same)


Despite previously expressing that he would neither issue a national mandate on masks nor wear one himself when out in public, Trump has spent the past 10 days gradually moving toward a public position supporting mask use.

He was first publicly photographed wearing a mask during a July 10 visit to Walter Reed Medical Center. He also tweeted on Monday that wearing a mask was a form of patriotism.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 21: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House July 21, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump said Monday that the briefing would be focused on the coronavirus, his first with his task force since April 27. Since then poll numbers about his handling of COVID-19 pandemic have started to fall and cases of the deadly virus have spiked across the country. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 21: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance,” he wrote. “There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!”

Reports indicate that some of Trump’s closest advisers have been urging him to lead by example on the issue of mask use in order to contain the current spread of the pandemic.