Trump Says Some Americans Wear Coronavirus Masks To Show Disapproval Of Him
President Donald Trump told The Wall Street Journal in a Wednesday interview that he believes some Americans wear masks to show their disapproval of him rather than for safety reasons.
The Journal reported:
Mr. Trump said testing for Covid-19 was overrated and allowed for the possibility that some Americans wore facial coverings not as a preventive measure but as a way to signal disapproval of him. Many public-health experts say testing followed by quarantining sick individuals and their close contacts is crucial to contain the spread of the virus.
- Trump also “said his bigger problem with masks was that many people fidget with the coverings, which he said made them more likely to be infected.”
“They put their finger on the mask, and they take them off, and then they start touching their eyes and touching their nose and their mouth,” Mr. Trump said. “And then they don’t know how they caught it?”
- However, The Journal noted that “federal-government guidelines stipulate that wearing cloth face coverings helps slow the spread of Covid-19 and recommends washing hands before putting on the mask.”
- During the same interview, the president said coronavirus testing is “overrated” and leads to higher case numbers, which “makes us look bad.”
“I personally think testing is overrated, even though I created the greatest testing machine in history,” Mr. Trump said, adding that more testing in the U.S. led to an increase in confirmed cases that “in many ways, it makes us look bad.”
- Trump also suggested that the United States is nearing the end of the pandemic; however, CNBC reported that "Public health experts fear a slow burn of infection through the summer could lead to a massive resurgence this fall alongside the seasonal flu."
CNBC also noted that the president "has often been seen without a mask despite recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization that people wear them as a way to slow the spread of the virus."