After months of the mainstream media hammering Trump on his resistance to wearing a mask, he flipped the script in his first coronavirus task force briefing since April.
In a shocking reversal from his previous position, Trump called on viewers to “get a mask” during the Tuesday briefing. “Whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact. They will have an effect and we need everything we can get,” he said.
COVID-19 cases are rising nationwide, and Democrats and the mainstream media have hyperfocused on Trump’s decision to forego wearing a mask in many of his public appearances. The White House has repeatedly explained that Trump is tested for coronavirus daily, and thus could not unknowingly transmit the virus to those around him.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has gleefully taken every opportunity to turn the press’s attention to Trump’s position on masks, and he’s clearly done with the relentless attacks.
“Young adults may often have mild or even no symptoms,” Trump told reporters gathered in the White House briefing. “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.”
President Trump has not reversed his stance against a nationwide mask mandate, leaving decisions about how to encourage mask-wearing up to state and local governments.
According to the Daily Caller, some White House aides have advised Trump to “lead by example” in order to promote CDC guidelines that recommend wearing face coverings when social distancing is not possible.