Trump wears mask while visiting wounded soldiers, medical workers at Walter Reed hospital
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump visited with wounded soldiers and front-line medical workers Saturday while wearing what – for him – is an unusual accessory: A mask.
"I've never been against masks," the president said, "but I do believe they have a time and a place."
Trump, who has been criticized by public health officials for not wearing face coverings in public, donned a dark navy blue mask with a gold presidential seal emblazoned on the side during his trip to Walter Reed.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and members of the Secret Service also wore masks during the visit that lasted less than an hour.
Trump in recent days has softened his opposition to wearing masks, a subject on which he has been excoriated by public health officials who say he should set a better example. They said too many Trump followers have followed his no-mask lead, contributing to the spread of the deadly virus.
“It’s sad to think of all the infections and deaths that could’ve been avoided if Trump had simply modeled good behavior from the start," said Chris Lu, the secretary who managed Cabinet business for President Barack Obama.
Lu said, "this is way too little, too late.”
Speaking Thursday with Fox News host Sean Hannity, Trump said, "It's fine to wear a mask if it makes you feel comfortable."
Trump added he planned to wear a mask during the Walter Reed visit because "you're in a hospital setting," and "I think it's a very appropriate ...
More on: www.usatoday.com