In early April, Trump announced new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that Americans wear facial coatings in public to curb the spread of coronavirus, which contradicts the administration’s previous recommendations that masks were not necessary. However, the president was clear that he would not wear a mask – although “it may be good” advice.
As the United States approaches its 100,000th death from the corona virus and states struggle with how to reopen without risking life, a mask to kill the disease has become the latest casualty of Trump-era partisanship.
Trump denied that he had criticized Biden̵
“Joe Biden may wear a mask, but he stood outside with his wife, perfect conditions, perfect weather … And so I thought it was very unusual for him to wear one,” Trump said during a press conference in Rose Garden. “But I thought it was good. I did not criticize at all. Why would I ever do such a thing? “
A moment later, the president told a reporter to remove his face mask while asking a question. Instead, the reporter offered to speak louder.
“Oh okay, you want to be politically correct,” Trump said.
Unlike Biden’s full face covering, the president was barefaced at the memorial he was attending. Biden accused him of “stoking death” and said he was an example by wearing a “project leadership” mask.
“He’s a fool, an absolute idiot to talk that way,” Biden said in a CNN interview. “Presidents should lead, not engage in folly and be falsely masculine.”
In the evening, Biden had changed his profile pictures on social media to himself in his mask.